Our Proud History of Trail Care
Since its formation, RATS Cycling Club have played a key role in the establishment of legal mountain bike trails throughout Brisbane Southside bushland areas. The Club is proud to have excellent working relationships with Logan City Council, Department of Environment and Resource Management and Redland City Council. The operational staff in these government authorities work closely together to manage the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area which is a large tract of natural habitat which has high conservation value for native flora and fauna.
Maintaining MTB trails is extremely rewarding for all who are involved. It is extremely enjoyable for all trail user groups to know that they have made a contribution to maintain and build sustainable trails and to learn about land management and conservation. Likewise, land managers benefit because of the construction work which can be accomplished by motivated and knowledgeable volunteers. Active and responsible trail users also assist land managers by discouraging illegal trail activity in well managed areas. All parties involved are trying to achieve the same thing, which is well maintained, safe and sustainable trails which are there for the enjoyment of legal users and allow natural environment conservation for future generations to enjoy.
Members of RATS and non-members are invited to attend any of the planned trail care days.
To stay informed about future developments:
- Subscribe to the club newsletter (Top right of this page)
- Follow RATS on Facebook
- Follow SEQTA on Facebook
- Subscribe to the SEQTA email newsletter.
Trail Care Donations
The most effective way to contribute to trailcare is to donate your time by building or maintaining trails. But if you wish to donate money, then head over to Trailforks and donate Trail Karma to the RATS which we will use to purchase equipment, provide the BBQ on Trailcare days and fund professional trail builders.
South East Queensland's newest mountain bike trail was completed on February 8th, 2014. 'Spangled Drongo' is 1.8 km of cross-flow single track in Cornubia Forest, Logan City.
This trail was built in just one week with the assistance of Trailworx, Boystown Employment Enterprise and over 35 volunteers contributing their time in one big session on Saturday the 8th to complete the trail by 9:45 AM. A trail like this normally takes months or even most of a year to create.
This project was made possible by a $12,841.40 Jupiters Community Benefit Fund grant the club was awarded last year, with the purpose of building a new trail that wasn't solely dependent on the time of volunteer trail builders.
RATS Cycling Club also contributed an additional $1,925.00 to fund the completion of this trail.
This project has been an outstanding success for the club and the local mountain biking community and presents a effective model for future development of the trail network in South East Queensland.
Special thanks to all the contributors to this project including all the volunteers and South East Qld Trail Alliance for their support.
To top off a great week, the building of the trail was featured on ABC local news.
For photos and more details of the trail build visit the SEQTA website.
A map of Spangled Drongo and all trails in Cornubia forest.
Trail care days are listed on the South East QLD Trails Alliance site.