Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and Australia Zoo icon Terri Irwin have welcomed the State Government’s decision to create a new motorcross and BMX park at Mooloolah, in a move that’s set to boost visitor numbers and tourism dollars for the region.
Last week Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson announced a new 534HA facility for recreational riders would be created in the degraded Mooloolah Logging Area, between Steve Irwin Way and the Bruce Highway, to better protect Sunshine Coast National Parks from illegal riding and improve the safety of riders of all ages and skills.
Mr McArdle, whose local electorate of Caloundra will be home to the proposed facility, said the park would be a major injection for the local economy.
“Steve Irwin Way is going to become an even bigger iconic tourism strip for the Sunshine Coast, attracting even more visitors,” Mr McArdle said.
“You have the Glasshouse Mountains, Australia Zoo, Aussie World nearby, the hinterland towns, Ewen Maddock Dam and soon this recreational rider park.
“This could greatly enhance the tourism industry as part of our local economy, creating more jobs.”
Ms Irwin has already stated she was excited about the initiative for an outdoor recreational facility.
“This is exactly what our community needs and will give riders and their families the opportunity to have an area designated for their sport,” Ms Irwin said.
“Now more than ever we need infrastructure to encourage our kids to get outdoors and have fun.”
Mr Dickson said the need for a facility in the region was identified as part of a Queensland Government commitment to ensure the proper management of protected areas.
“Illegal riding in the National Park has been happening for years,” Mr Dickson said.
“Market research in 2009 indicated that 76% of survey respondents from Brisbane’s northern suburbs and 70% of those from Sunshine Coast ride at illegal sites.
“It has resulted in serious accidents and deaths, as well as posing a long-term risk to the environment, and taking rangers away from conservation duties.”
Community consultation will occur in May.
Detailed maps Mooloolah Motorcross Park Plans.