Logan City Council working on strategy to make city, former home of champion cyclist Robbie McEwen, a hot spot for recreational trails

In the saddle: Cycling champion Robbie McEwen was back in Daisy Hill in August to ride in the Shimano MTB Grand Prix.
In the saddle: Cycling champion Robbie McEwen was back in Daisy Hill in August to ride in the Shimano MTB Grand Prix.

Logan City Council is pedalling a strategy to position the City as a destination for recreation trails in South-East Queensland.

Council this week supported the development of a new recreation trails strategy incorporating a dedicated mountain biking component.

City Lifestyle Committee chair Laurie Koranski said mountain biking was one of the many uses of Logan's trail network.

"Across the city, parks and waterways there are many trails used for non-motorised recreation and also fire access," she said.

"Council is aware that some trails across the city are being over-used and this creates a risk to users as well as impacting the natural environment.

"To address this high demand for trails, alternative sites could be explored across the city to draw users to different areas, as well as creating a sustainable plan for maintenance."

The proposed strategy is the first action in the Active Logan Strategy Implementation Plan 2020-2024.

With the existing recreation trails strategy due to finish this year, the development of a new strategy will also support the vision of the Logan Destination Management Plan.

The plan identifies mountain biking as an opportunity for the city to attract visitors and support the local community to get physically active.

The Logan and Albert River visions identify the need to activate the waterways. The new strategy will consider canoeing and kayaking trails.

As the next step council will now look to engage with the community and key stakeholders to develop a recreation trails strategy.

Champion cyclist Robbie McEwen joined more than 120 other riders when he returned home to Daisy Hill in August to ride in the Shimano MTB Grand Prix.

"It was a great place to grow up because you'd just go and roam on your bike for kilometres and kilometres in the bush and it was really good fun," McEwen said.

This was the first event of its kind to be held in Logan's Koala bushland co-ordinated conservation area, which includes the Daisy Hill mountain biking trails.

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