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Local Government Lobbying

This year we decided to use RTRA influence and the power of our member base to lobby potential councillors during the Local Government Elections. Local councils tell us they get plenty of complaints from residents about trail bikes, so it is important that we present the other side of the argument. The Local Government Elections provided a powerful way to get our message across, at a time when prospective councillors are most willing to listen.

We identified 13 Councils and Shires that contained 'hot-spot' locations or had the opportunity to create areas or facilities, and wrote to every candidate asking them to state their position on the needs of recreational trail bike riders.

What We Hope to Achieve

Our objective in this is simple: to raise the issue with Councillors at the Local Government level so that they are better informed when they make planning and funding decisions.

Outcomes

The campaign stirred up plenty of interest with most candidates in the local election responding - and a surprising number pledging support to include trail bikes in recreation and trails planning within their Shires.
33 of the 74 candidates who responded ended up winning seats in their respective electorates – again we wrote to all of them reminding them of their previous comments and offering RTRA assistance via briefings, presentations and the development of council submissions.

We have since had responses from 10 of the 13 targeted Shires requesting information, briefings or assistance.

Which Councils Did We Target?

Armadale
Bunbury
Cockburn
Gingin
Kalamunda
Kwinana
Mandurah
Mundaring
Murray
Rockingham
Serpentine-Jarrahdale
Swan
Wanneroo

Action and Follow Up 

We will be progressively following these up these councils with briefings, submissions and presentations.

With this project under our belt and the documented methodology, we will certainly run the same campaign across the state at the next state election. 
 

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Write to your local council today to tell them about the issues for trail bike riders.