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Excitement building for opening of Uki Mountain Bike Park

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A pump track (skills park) specially designed to suit children aged 5 - 12 years is also included at the new Uki Mountain Bike Park.
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Excitement building for opening of Uki Mountain Bike Park

 

Finishing touches are being put in place ahead of the opening of the Tweed’s first official mountain bike park and pump track at Uki.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Wollumbin/Mt Warning, the Tweed’s newest outdoor recreation facility will welcome mountain bikers of all ages, experience and abilities when it officially opens on Saturday 7 October.

Tweed Shire Council, in partnership with Tweed Valley Mountain Bike Riders, engaged outdoor trail design and construction specialists Trailworx to build more than 6.4 km of mountain bike trails on Council-owned operational land adjacent to the Uki Wastewater Treatment Plant on Smiths Creek Road at Uki.

The facility features 6.4 km of track across eight mountain bike trails including one climbing and seven descending trails. The tracks are made up of four green trails (beginner), three blue trails (more difficult) and one black diamond trail (very difficult).

A pump track (skills park) specially designed to suit children aged 5 – 12 years is also included.

The Tweed’s first official mountain bike park and pump track at Uki features more than 6.4 km of trails across the park. BELOW: A pump track (skills park) specially designed to suit children aged 5 - 12 years is also included at the new Uki Mountain Bike Park.

The Tweed’s first official mountain bike park and pump track at Uki features more than 6.4 km of trails across the park. BELOW: A pump track (skills park) specially designed to suit children aged 5 – 12 years is also included at the new Uki Mountain Bike Park.

Council’s Manager Parks and Active Communities Murray Smith said it was exciting to finally see the vision for a mountain bike park in the Tweed come to life.

“Construction has been completed and the finishing touches are being put on the trails ahead of our official opening in October,” Mr Smith said.

“We are really excited to deliver this fantastic facility for the mountain bike community and wider Tweed community and can’t wait to see how the riders, families and kids enjoy the park for years to come.

“We are confident this will become another jewel in the crown of the Tweed’s recreational spaces, where families and friends can come together to enjoy the outdoors, be active and healthy together and have some fun.”

The Tweed Valley Mountain Bike Riders club played a significant role in getting this facility off the ground, from planting the seed as an idea more than 10 years ago to helping to source funding and physically assisting on site with tree planting and rehabilitation works.

Club president Hugh Flower welcomed the new facility and said it would be a fantastic asset to mountain bikers and the wider community.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this project and see it come to fruition. This will be a huge drawcard for local mountain bike enthusiasts, as well as visitors to the region,” Mr Flower said.

“The facility will be a great outdoor space for everyone to get involved and for new riders to try the sport, providing more opportunities for kids in the Tweed to get outside and get active.”

The Uki Mountain Bike Park is set against the stunning backdrop of the Tweed Valley.

The Uki Mountain Bike Park is set against the stunning backdrop of the Tweed Valley.

An official opening and community celebration event is planned for Saturday 7 October, with details to be released closer to the time.

Finishing touches ahead of the official opening include the installation of portable toilets, a specially designed water filling station, signage including trail markers, park map and rules, as well as final landscaping and planting.

Future concept plans for the site include provision for shade structures, seating and tables, landscaping, pathways and permanent toilet facilities, however this is dependent upon securing additional funding.

Uki Mountain Bike Park is at 165 Smiths Creek Road, near Uki. Entry will be free, with opening hours from 6 am to 6 pm daily. The park may close at any time due to weather conditions (rain, wet or muddy tracks, high winds, fire danger).

The project has been made possible thanks to a $430,000 grant awarded through the NSW Office of Sport – Regional Sports Facility Fund 2021-22.

The facility is part of Council’s commitment to providing our community with opportunities to be active and healthy, as well as ensuring the Tweed is a vibrant place to live and visit.

Find out more at tweed.nsw.gov.au/mountain-biking.

 

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

 

By Samantha Elley

Put your expectations away and open your mind to the ‘edge of your seat’ experience you will be in for when you go to see The Circus in Coffs Harbour.

“We are a seventh generation circus family, originally from Germany,” said tour manager and matriarch, Marie Weber.

“We bring acts that have never been seen under the big top in Australia before.

“These include FMX (freestyle) riders, the splitting globe of death, comedians, aerialists and even a human cannonball.”

Patriarch, Harry Weber, has been involved in the circus touring life for the past 40 years and the family are excited to be in Australia.

“We have been touring in New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and other international areas,” said Marie.

That’s no mean feat with a family of eight children who have all grown up with the circus.

“We have performers from all walks of life,” said Marie.

“There are about 40 crew and performers, including those travelling with families.”

Marie said they are all like one big happy family, especially when they have been working so closely together for so long.

“Most of us have been working together for more than 10 years,” she said.

The Circus has just wound up six shows at Lismore Showgrounds and is now heading to Coffs Harbour where they have a giveaway on their Facebook page ‘Weber Bros Entertainment’ for two VIP packages and 10 double passes to their shows.

They will be performing their action packed shows at Coffs Harbour Showground between June 6th – 16th.

Book your tickets at 0452003300 or online at iticket.com.au for two hours of great family entertainment. Prices range from $35 – $85 for adults and $25-$70 for children.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Horizon

 

There is a place between sea and sky – a sacred realm, where the sun rises and falls and the light is new.

From two of the world’s great First Nations comes a brand-new work: Horizon. Some call it a feeling, some call it the mother spirit. It’s the place where sea meets sky, the horizon we all look to, the compass that guides us home.

In Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first main stage cross-cultural collaboration, leading Māori choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson joins beloved Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown. Together they guide the award-winning ensemble in stories that honour their mother countries and the spirit that calls them home.

Brown is a proud descendent of the Wakaid Clan and Meriam people in the Torres Strait, with heritage from far across the seas in Scotland. She carries strength and resilience from her ancestors. Patterson was born in Turangi near Lake Taupō, and describes the sense of home as something alive, that he carries like a beating heart.

To open the program, Saibailayg (Saibai Islander) Sani Townson expands his acclaimed work Kulka, debuted in Dance Clan in 2023, to make a thrilling opening piece paying homage to Sani’s grandfather and his Torres Strait heritage.

Come explore the cultural forces that bind us together, across oceans and eons. Experience the resilience of the First Peoples of the Oceania region, that extends across the continent now known as Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and Aotearoa, our southern neighbour.

Horizon is a double bill opening with Kulka by Bangarra alum Sani Townson, followed by the primary piece, The Light Inside, choreographed by Bangarra alum Deborah Brown and Māori choreographer and Arts Laureate Moss Te Ururangi Patterson.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – 8-17 of August
  • Where – QPAC
  • Price – from $59
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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