What pollies needed to say about valley mountain bike path
MIRANI candidates have had their say on the game-changing Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail, voted by our readers as they prime undertaking they need our pollies to ship forward of the state election.
The Daily Mercury recently ran a poll asking our readers to have their say on the top projects and initiatives they had been eager to see realised.
The one which obtained probably the most votes was the mountain bike path, with 116 votes or 18 per cent.
Because of your votes, the Each day Mercury will advocate for our flesh pressers and political hopefuls to ship this necessary undertaking.
Right here’s what they needed to say about it:
Mirani MP Stephen Andrew (ONP)
Mr Andrew stated he had been a staunch supporter of the mountain bike path because it was first proposed by the Mackay Regional Council.
In August, the Mirani MP met with Tourism Minister Kate Jones’ representatives to talk about the undertaking.
“It simply makes numerous sense, it’s not a complete lot of cash for what we’re making an attempt to realize,” Mr Andrew stated.
“I’m actually enthusiastic about it, I feel it’s a fantastic concept.”
The Mirani MP stated he would decide to delivering full funding for the undertaking, plus further for future planning work, if re-elected.
“I will probably be combating tooth and nail that if I’m there (because the MP), it is going to be delivered as quickly as we probably can,” Mr Andrew stated.
Tracie Newitt (LNP)
Ms Newitt stated she had attended two of the group session boards run by the council.
She thinks it’s a “large alternative” for Mackay.
If elected, Ms Newitt stated she would battle to see this monitor up and working and would work with the council to assist with the approval course of.
Shane Hamilton (ALP)
The ALP candidate for Mirani Shane Hamilton stated he would encourage the council to use for funding for the path via the Palaszczuk Authorities’s Works for Queensland program, which had already created greater than 950 jobs within the area.
“We now have funded rail trails and bike paths via councils throughout the state, together with in Rockhampton and the Banana Shire Council, and the response has been large,” he stated.
“They’re such an asset for his or her communities and it might be an actual attraction for folks coming to our area.
“It simply makes a lot sense to put money into infrastructure like rail trails as a result of they not solely create development jobs instantly however could have long-term advantages to the financial system via attracting guests who may even put money into the Mackay area via lodging stays and the hospitality business.”
Jason Borg (NQ First)
Mr Borg stated: “I consider the undertaking has all of the advantage beneath the solar as a result of we’ve seen what mountain biking did for tourism up round Cairns within the Nineties.
“There are positively some similarities there and I consider that mountain biking can play a central function in a brand new golden age for tourism within the Pioneer Valley, extending all the best way as much as Eungella which is as charming as ever.
“All of us desire a extra diversified financial base in our area and many people lament the great previous days of tourism in Mackay and the Valley.
“With all that in thoughts and the significance of getting the financial system firing once more after COVID-19, this undertaking ticks all of the packing containers, so sure I help it, as does our social gathering, NQ First.”
Mr Borg stated the social gathering would pledge the entire $7 million to make the mountain bike path a actuality, on the situation that NQ First secured the stability of energy on the state election.