RIDE ON IN: Council approval will see up at 100 bikes visit the adventure park.
RIDE ON IN: Council approval will see up at 100 bikes visit the adventure park. Gerard Walsh

Visitors to get down and dirty after SDRC approval

TOURISTS will be trailing in to Dalveen after the Spring Creek Adventure Park received council approval to welcome motorbikes on their property.

The submission approval is the third extension of the land's use since 2003, showing that drought hasn't dried up business in the 4WD industry.

The property now adds dirt biking to its list of attractions, in addition to paint ball and camping with dogs.

Owners Carolyn and Neil Taylor will open the gates to up to 100 motorbikes at a time, driving in visitors from across the state wanting to explore the vast 700 acre country landscape, complete with waterfalls, large rock formations and native wildlife.

Southern Downs councillor Yve Stocks said the submission showed confidence to invest in the Southern Downs.

"It's a really good sign for the area,” she said.

The application was not without controversy, however.

Community concerns submitted to council complained of "unacceptable” impact on the rural landscape, an increase in offsite fume, noise and dust emissions, and high traffic flows congesting roads.

Spring Creek 4WD claimed the dense vegetation would buffer the noise of motorbikes, bringing the expected volume below the maximum 45dB criteria.

To minimise strain on country roads, the park will limit bike activity to between 8am and 5pm and alternate weeks with 4WD vehicles.

As the number of motor vehicles on the land is unchanged from the property's original approval in 2003, owners suggest it is unlikely the landscape will undergo any significant changes.

Quarries to the south of the land also take up 100 hectares in area, buffering the park from any residential impact.

There is no date yet set to accept motorbikes to the property, however further information can be found at www.thesprings4x4.com.au or call 0448 948 608.