Using Active Kids Vouchers with HMBA

Active Kids Voucher Program – NSW Office of Sport

The NSW Office of Sport’s Active Kids voucher program provides $100 vouchers to kids residing in NSW to cover the cost of sport and active recreation fees. Details on the program, including how to apply for the voucher, can be found here:

The most effective method to redeem the Active Kids Vouchers for membership of HMBA and MTBA is via a paper membership form.
The form is available for download on the membership webpage –

Any new or renewing members wanting to redeem a voucher will need to:

  1. Apply for the voucher at the above link and complete the paper membership form
  2. Forward the membership form and voucher details via email to
  3. Await an email response to confirm any additional monies to be payed to HMBA
  4. Once the club has submitted all the required documentation to MTBA you will receive written notification to confirm Membership (timeframe for this is not currently known).

HMBA Club Merchandise Update – 29/11/18

With Christmas fast approaching now is the ideal time to line up the perfect gift for that special MTB rider in your life (which could actually be you!).  Here’s a bit of an update on where our next lot of club merch is up to:

Jerseys and Knicks have been ordered (i.e. no further orders can be taken) – production will commence shortly and a collection date will be announced as soon as we hear from our supplier.

T-Shirts – have been made and are ready for ordering / purchasing – this time we have gone with 3 colours – Red, Black and Grey as per the attached image – in a variety of male and female sizes – they will be sold on a first come first serve basis for $25 each – the first opportunity you will have to purchase them in person (with cash) is at the Build Day this Sunday 2/12/18 from 7.30am to 10.00am.  A second opportunity will be at the next XC / DH Race day at Awaba on 16/12/18 from about 8.00am.

Another purchase arrangement option is to send an email to with your colour and size so that we can confirm availability – you will then receive instructions to make a direct deposit payment to lock in your order for subsequent collection at one of the above events, or pick up from Valentine.

We will also be looking into postage of shirts for people outside of the HMBA catchment – pricing to be confirmed but estimated to be between $6 to $8.50.

HMBA Jerseys – Order now!


Have you seen Paul Monk, Polly Waffles or Dean Kozlik out on the trails and thought “they look cool – I wish I ordered a new style jersey last time”. Well you are in luck – HMBA are running another order window for our XC, GE and DH Jerseys and knicks through our good friends at Looney Parrot.
You have until 22 November 2018 to go to the following website and place your orders – there is a minimum order requirement of 10 for each style to ensure production so please get your orders in early so that we can keep an eye on how this is tracking. We are offering a Kids Jersey in the 3/4 sleeve GE/DH version – order a size up and you should get a couple of years out of it. Pick up will be at a future Club Race or Committee meeting (details tbc)
Pricing and Sizing:
XC Jersey Short Sleeve $76.95 (inc GST)
MTB (Trail GE/DH) Jersey Long or 3/4 Sleeve $76.95 (inc GST)
Bib Knicks $98.95 (inc GST)

So where to now with the $450k Grant?

Well now that the dust has settled from the big announcement (a $450k grant for Awaba MTB Park if you are only just waking up from your winter hibernation) we are sure that there are plenty of questions out there about what we will be building and when it will all be done. Rest assured that our volunteer Committee are now hard at work sorting out all the details and this will be communicated to all the eager Club members and riders out there as soon as possible. In fact we are hoping that we can provide a bit more detail of how this project will unfold in early November.

But for now we need everyone to be patient and enjoy the Park as it currently is – we even fixed up the worn-out old Murderhorn for you just to keep you excited about what lays in store.
And before everyone gets carried away with their own personal game of “Fantasy Bike Park Build” here are a few important things to consider about this grant:
– the project will be completed in stages – we will not be given all of the money up front but will need to achieve specific milestones along the way to receive “progress payments” to allow us to achieve the full vision
– we will be engaging professional contractors to assist with key components of the project but will still be needing a huge volunteer input to allow us to develop all of the proposed trails, which you might be glad to hear are predominantly “gravity” focussed with plenty of “flow”
– there will be a massive improvement in accessibility to allow more members of the broader community to access the trail network – this means further refinement of the access roads and Carparks, installation of shade shelters, tables and other amenities, and increased signage, as well as trails for junior development and Adaptive MTBs
– above all this project will open up a load of options for further future expansion of the Park – the Road Gap Rd that many of you have already assisted with clearing will provide multiple high access points for other descending trails
– on the flip side this project is not about chewing up every single cent to build just one machine-built flow trail with 6′ berms and massive tabletops – this is about building a more diverse park that is in line with the current trends of MTB’ing, provides a broad range of offroad experiences to an ever increasing crowd base and fits within the beauty of the natural environment we have at Awaba.
It is our intention to keep everyone regularly informed of our progress with this project – stay tuned for some exciting updates within the next few weeks.

Media Release from Forestry Corporation of NSW

Forward planning proves a winner for Hunter Mountain Bike Association

Forestry Corporation of NSW congratulates the Hunter Mountain Bike Association on their successful grant application to develop the Awaba Mountain Bike Park in Olney State Forest.

This week’s announcement by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper will see the association receive Stronger Country Community funding of $450,000 – a win for the club and broader Hunter community.

Forestry Corporation has worked closely with the association to support the current development and future planning of the site over the past decade, said Forestry Corporation’s Partnerships Leader Mike Hill.

“This funding will see the association deliver great recreational benefits through their State forest site and we are excited to be working with them,” Mr Hill said.

“The Awaba Mountain Bike Park is a fantastic example of how Forestry Corporation is working with the community to deliver fantastic community assets in our beautiful State forests.”

Hunter Mountain Bike Association Secretary, Andrew Hardy, said the announcement is the result of a great working partnership between the association, Forestry Corporation and Lake Macquarie Council.

“We’ve enjoyed a positive relationship with Forestry Corporation in the establishment and development to date of Awaba Park,” Mr Hardy said.

“We worked with Mike to develop a ten-year plan of management for the site, and this formed the basis for much of the Stronger Country Communities grant application.

“Lake Macquarie Council played a pivotal role in helping us finalise and submit the application to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.”

The grant will accelerate the association’s progress on the plan of management.

“This funding has made it possible to build the new trails in 12 months, fast tracking the process and providing this free resource to the community.”

The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government to help deliver local infrastructure projects to regional communities. The objective of the fund is to provide the kind of infrastructure that improves the lives of local residents.

To find out more about Awaba Mountain Bike Park, visit

$450,000 grant for Awaba Mountain Bike Park

Just in case you have missed all the local press and social medial today, here is the official Media Release from Greg Piper MP (Member for Lake Macquarie) relating to the funding grant that HMBA have been awarded for the Awaba Mountain Bike Park – a massive $450,000 to go toward the following projects:

  • Improvements to the access road, car park and event hub.
  • Four completely new trails, including a gravity trails expansion, Adaptive Cycling trails for riders with disabilities, Junior DH trails and Flow DH trails.
  • The building of seats and rest points at trail junctions.
  • Improved bollard signage replacing arrows for trail grades and routes.

Community projects to share in $3.5m funding haul

More than $3.5 million in funding will breathe new life into local sporting and community projects, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has announced today.

Funding secured from the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund will finance 10 projects in the Lake Macquarie City Council area.

Of significant note, $450,000 has been secured by Hunter Mountain Bike Club to significantly expand and improve the Awaba Mountain Bike Park.

More than $600,000 will fund a new children’s playground and improvements to Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park at Morisset, while $620,000 will extend the Morisset Peninsula cycleway at Brightwaters.

Walters Park at Speers Point, the home of Lake Macquarie Rugby Club, will receive $231,000 for field lighting, and more than $680,000 will be provided to Lake Macquarie City Council to build better shade structures, seating and barbecue areas at local swimming centres.

“This is great news for Lake Macquarie communities,” Mr Piper said. “I’m particularly pleased that we’ve received funds to extend the cycleway at Brightwaters, and the money for Awaba Mountain Bike Park will make the park one of the best in the country. It’s already attracting loads of mountain bike enthusiasts from Sydney and other areas so it’s becoming a bigger and bigger tourist drawcard.

“I’m really happy that we’ve been able to get so many of these projects funded. I congratulate the groups involved and Lake Macquarie City Council on their applications, and thank the State Government for these funding commitments.”

Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the grants will help the council move forward with a number of exciting infrastructure projects.

“They include the construction of a world-class mountain biking trail at Awaba, a new shared pathway, public art installations and improvements to four Lake Macquarie swim centres,” Cr Fraser said.

“These projects continue to promote an active lifestyle and enhance our vibrant Lake Macquarie community.

“This is a successful example of how funding projects in partnership with different levels of government can bring significant benefits to the community, generate local jobs and drive economic growth,” she said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round of projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300m.

“I congratulate Greg Piper and Lake Macquarie City Council and look forward to the local sports and community facility improvements that will make the region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses,” he said.

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HMBA Club XC 20th May NOT Mother’s Day!

“Hear ye Hear ye” “Mother’s of a Hunter Mountain Bike Community we have heard your cries and we are listening! Next weekend’s cross-country 13th May, which has been pointed out to us, falls on Mother’s Day, we have now moved club racing to the 20th May.

So mother’s you can enjoy your special day with your beautiful family’s & mountain biking brothers, sisters, boys and girls spoil your mum on her special day!

We’ll see you at Awaba 20th of May. See details
*Special Note*
All after Racing hang around and head over to the downhill track, the Downhill Crew are running their Club State “Rocky Trails” points round. Head up track and catch the action, see how the guys & gals handel their gravity skills on the World Class “The Monkey” Downhill trail, or maybe give the crew a hand, all help is welcome!