Slush Fund

Waipa Mtb Club - Mt Pirongia, Hamilton

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Mt Pirongia is home of the Waipa MTB Club. Pirongia is an awesome maunga for building tracks, being an old volcano covered in mostly native bush, which makes for a great riding environment. However it does have one downside, rich and thick volcanic soils that don’t drain well turning flat sections of track to mud in winter. The Ground Effect Slush fund stepped in with cash for the purchase of an electric wheelbarrow to cart rock to the muddy sections of trail.
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Rotorua Trails Trust - Te Kōtukutuku Trail

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The Rotorua Trails Trust recently opened Te Kōtukutuku Trail at Lake Rotokakahi /Green Lake, which forms part of Te Ara Ahi - Thermal by Bike trail on Nga Haerenga - The NZ Cycle Trail. Track work required the trail builders to be out in some steep and isolated terrain, so the Trust asked the Slush Fund for $1000 to purchase a couple of personal locator beacons, and a decent first aid kit for their trail building crew.
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Backcountry Trust Mtb Track Grants

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In its latest funding round the Backcountry Trust has allocated $178,000 to volunteer-led hut and track maintenance projects. $76,000 is earmarked for mountain bike tracks.
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Majura Pines Trail Alliance

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The Majura Pines Trail Alliance are the volunteer group who build and maintain the Majura Pines trails, some of the oldest and most famous mtb trails in Canberra. There is just over 20km of mapped and sign-posted track and the trails see over 26,000 riders per year. The Trail Alliance asked the Ground Effect Slush Fund for a $1200 contribution to purchase more of the Trail Scapes tools.
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Coomealla-Mildura MTB Park

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The Coomealla-Mildura Mountainless Bike Club hangs out 650kms north-west of Melbourne and 450 kms north-east of Adelaide.
The club requested some funds from the Slush Fund to purchase materials required for rebuilding and refurbishment of their local trails. Armed with a good supply of volunteers to conduct the track work the club was able to put the $1100 to good use, purchasing crusher dust, road base, geotextile and timber. 
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Tathra MTB Club - NSW

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The Tathra MTB Club experienced devastating bushfires in their local trail network on March 18 this year. 
Ground Effect spied it on the news, and the Slush Fund offered cash for when they were ready to remediate the trails. Stacey George from the club has written up a great summary of how the local community has worked together to get the trails fixed and ready for their annual enduro race in June.
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Dungog Commoners Inc. - NSW

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The ants of Dungog Common have been at it again, three more pallet bridges eaten away. A request was made for more funding to upgrade the bridges and make them less appealing to ants. $1100 Slush Fund dollars later, with volunteer labour from the club, the job is done.
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Kerikeri MTB Club

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This summer the Kerikeri MTB Club got underway with their new up track in Waitangi Forest. Volunteers cleared a track through the gorse, and then handed over to the digger to cut the 3km of trail. The Ground Effect Slush Fund helped out with $1000 towards digger hire.
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Mountain Biking North Otago Inc.

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This little Oamaru based club has been very busy in recent years, building tracks in Herbert Forest, Cape Wanbrow, and Oamaru Reservoir. The Slush Fund provided the $400 needed for a hedge trimmer.
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Pemberton Mountain Bike Park - WA

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The Pemberton Visitor Centre in the south west of WA has spent the last ten years building the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park, some 30 kilometres of trail that caters for a range of riders.

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Marlborough MTB Club

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The Ground Effect Slush Fund has just handed over $1000 to the Marlborough MTB Club to help with last years purchase of new tools for the keen trail builders of all ages at the club.
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Wharfedale Track 2015 Work Party and 2017 Update

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Jim from DOC and Scott from T5 Contracting recently spent a week working on North Canterburys' finest, the Wharfedale. Based out of Wharfedale Hut the mission was to complete a 150m section of new track between the hut and Dobson stream. The work was funded by another grant from Trail Fund, administering the Community Fund dollars, via the North Canterbury Cycling Club, and represents the final stage of the Wharfedale machine upgrade. 
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