Jimboomba Rotary Club's Australia Day bike ride will honour indigenous culture and history

Beginning: The start line of last years inaugural 100km ride outside the Jimboomba Community and District Hall. Picture: Supplied.
Beginning: The start line of last years inaugural 100km ride outside the Jimboomba Community and District Hall. Picture: Supplied.

The Jimboomba Rotary Club will be starting 2022 by hosting its second annual Australia Day Recreational Bike Ride.

Participants will ride through Logan and the picturesque Scenic Rim, discovering the historical and cultural sites of the Mununjali people, and finish with a buffet breakfast prepared by the club.

It's the third charity raising, recreational ride the Rotary Club have completed, having also done one on Australia Day 2021 and another in October for the Queen's Birthday.

The day will see three different courses completed along the same route, a 30km, 75km and 100km course.

Jimboomba Rotary Club's David Parkins said that all riders would start and finish at the Jimboomba Community and District Hall.

"We celebrate Australia Day in the spirit that the National Australia Day Council promote," he said. "That is to respect, reflect and to celebrate, and this year through a national Australia Day grant, we were able to put in an indigenous element to the ride.

"We're doing a video and we have been in consultation with the Mununjali people, whose land we will be riding on, and we have identified significant historical and cultural places along the route.

"We have been making up a video to be narrated by some of the elders. So, we will be sharing that information and culture with all of the participants on the bike ride."

The ride starts early in the morning, with the 100km beginning at 5.30am, the 7km at 6am and the 3km at 7am.

Mr Parkins said the staggered starts would allow the riders to return to the hall and join the buffet breakfast at a similar time.

"They will be sent off on their ride by a smoking ceremony, by a group of Mununjali people and then welcomed back from the ride.

"We will have the video playing in the hall when the riders get back so they can see the significance of what they've been riding over and we'll have some Mununjali elders there as well."

On Australia Day afternoon, the Rotary Club will be hosting an invitation-only luncheon thanking community members who have contributed to the community and would maintain a similar theme of celebration from earlier in morning events.

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