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Helensburgh Mountain Bike Track - Helensburgh NSW

Rienco Consulting was engaged by the Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club (HORCC) to provide a professional engineering opinion on the reasonableness of an engineering position taken by Wollongong City Council on HORCC’s DA. The DA was for the Helensburgh Community Mountain Bike Track, which is located on public land at Helensburgh.

Through the DA process, Council requested particular design standards for waterway (creek) crossings and track standards. After a detailed site inspection and consideration of the design and site constraints, we were able to form the view (supported by engineering calculations) that a lower standard for design was not only possible, but appropriate in the specific circumstances of the application.

We also noted that should Council’s nominated design standard be held, the project would likely not proceed given the exceptional quantity of funds required to build ‘bridges’ and other structures. We formed the view that these were unnecessarily onerous and would also extinguish the amenity of the track and its purpose.

We are pleased to note that Council accepted our opinion and the track is now up and running – filled with young kids and adults who are enjoying the healthy and well-built space. We are proud to offer our services gratis for the HORCC as our contribution to this fantastic community asset.

What our customers say


In my capacity as an architect I have worked with Anthony on a large number of projects throughout the Wollongong area. Anthony has a deep knowledge of local stormwater issues, and in particular the risks and mitigation strategies that should be applied. He is very experienced in the requirements of local councils and has contributed to many successful applications of all scales, from renovations to developments and subdivisions. I can wholeheartedly recommend Anthony and the Rienco team for their practical and professional approach to assessing and solving stormwater related conditions, and as effective advocates in dealing with the council planning controls.

Michael Vail

Michael Vail Design

I use Rienco for all flooding and drainage matters on my projects because of their flooding modelling skills and pragmatic understanding of the difficulties of land development. The top-line integrity of their work was demonstrated recently on a very contentious project where the Rienco report passed a rigorous peer review by one of Australia's leading hydrology firms, with no change to the original findings and recommendations. It's comforting to know with Rienco you have that clarity of thinking helping find the best solution, and the confidence that it will be right.

Land Development Project Manager


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