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Thanks for Gnangara Clean Up

22-Jun-2008

Thank you to everyone who turned out to support RTRA's big Gnangara Cleanup day this Saturday.

Around 50 volunteers collected just under 500 large bags of rubbish - which made a huge improvement to several hundred square metres of the southern area.

We're also grateful to the Department of Environment for their personnel and equipment, and to the City of Swan for putting on the barbecue and drinks for our volunteer cleaner-uppers.

While the day was successful from the point of view of making Gnangara a more attractive place to be, this event also generated some positive media coverage, made a good impression on the Department of Environment (who we are encouraging to invest in substantial improvements to the Gnangara and Pinjar Off Road Vehicle Areas), and introduced the City of Swan Customer Advocates (aka Rangers) to the area. We're asking the City of Swan to provide regular patrols of the area to discourage the irresponsible minority.

On a broader scale, what we as riders are able to achieve at Gnangara will be considered in decisions about future off road vehicle areas and trails networks. Western Australia is the only state in Australia where you can legally take your kids for a ride on public land, so it's important that we can demonstrate that the concept of Off Road Vehicle Areas can be made to work in a sustainable way. This is why we have been urging every trail rider to take an interest in this campaign - irrespective of whether you have any interest in Gnangara itself.

The next challenge is to continue the good start made on the weekend to progressively work further northwards along Centre Way - and to prevent the rubbish from returning. More on this soon.


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