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RTRA e-Newsletter

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RTRA e-Newsletter
April 2011

In this issue:

Areas:

Changes planned for Lancelin
Trail bike parks open for Easter


Advocacy:

Pollies Back Strategy
 

Events:

Ride Parks open at Easter
Girls and Partners Ride








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An extra long Easter weekend and a forecast of rain and cooler weather - our guess is that there won't be many bikes left in the garage this weekend!

Lots of riding means lots of riders.  So take extra care as you travel from point A to point B - because there's every chance that someone else is travelling from point B to point A!

Only a few items to talk about this month - but they're biggies.  Read on ...

Pollies Praise the Strategy - So Where's the Money?

The dozen or so RTRA members who watched from the public gallery were treated to a rare spectacle last month, as politicians from both sides of the house debated trail bikes for a solid three hours.

The amazing - and encouraging - thing was that they all supported the State Trail Bike Strategy and the need to recognise trail bike riding as a legitimate recreational activity.  Some even said it should be encouraged! (See Hansard transcript for the full details)

At the end of the session a motion was passed that confirmed the government's support of the Strategy, but stopped short of pledging funding in the upcoming budget.

The sticking point seems to be the need to ensure that the Strategy is 'right' before the funding is committed.  But no one has yet poked any holes in the Strategy, and no one has come up with a better idea - so we say: Just do it! 

From subsequent conversations with the Premier, the Minister for Sport and the Minister for the Environment we are quietly confident that there will be at least some good news in the May budget.  We've said it before but ... watch this space.

Not familiar with the State Trail Bike Strategy?  Find out more here.



Big Changes Planned at Lancelin

The Gingin Shire is pressing ahead with significant changes to the Lancelin Off Road Vehicle Area.

The plan is to alter the boundaries so that the Off Road Vehicle Area starts on the eastern side of the first row of dunes.  This will reduce conflict between vehicles and sand boarders and will significantly lower the noise emissions from the area.

The RTRA is broadly supportive of these moves, as they will remove two of the conflicts that have been threatening the future of the area, but we will be maintaining pressure on Gingin Shire to ensure that the entry road and parking facilities are substantially upgraded.


On the subject of Lancelin ...

A couple of reminder to anyone planning on visiting the Lancelin area during or after easter:
  • It's common that Rangers at Lancelin will turn away vehicles that don't have road or ORV registration during busy times.
  • DEC will be patrolling the Wedge Island area to stop 'illegal' camping.  They usually blitz the area for any vehicles that are not road registered as well.
  • There have been serious crashes between trail bikes and 4WDs on the Lancelin - Cervantes trail recently - expect heavy traffic (literally) over the Easter break.
  • Oh and the Defence Force will be running artillery activity with live ammunition between April 29 and May 1.
As if Lancelin wasn't dangerous enough on its own!

Pinjar PeeWee Trail Gets a Pounding

Disappointed with the quality of limestone used for the PeeWee trail at Pinjar, DEC has been experimenting with ways of compacting the trail and getting rid of the limestone rocks to make the trail more suitable for juniors. 

A test section was done with a 'sheep's-foot' roller last week but until we get some decent rain it will be difficult to properly consolidate the surface.


Bike Parks Open at Easter

West Coast Trail Bike Park at Kirup will be open over the Easter / Anzac day weekend.  Lots of work has been done over the summer break and this venue is ideal for kids.

West MotoPark will also be open.  Big open flowing circuits ideal for quads.


Girls and Partners 2 Day Tour - May 21/22

It seems that one of the biggest differences between girl and guy riders is that the girls want a bit of luxury at the end of the day's ride. 

West Coast Safaris' 2 Day 'Girls and Partners' ride fits the bill perfectly, with sublime riding through the tall Pemberton timbers, topped off with a very comfortable night at the Karri Valley Resort.  The ride is not for beginners, but will suit any reasonably confident off-roader.  As always there are optional bits for the more adventurous. 

See West Coast Safaris for details.

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