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RTRA e-Newsletter

www.rtra.asn.au
RTRA e-Newsletter
August 2011

In this issue:

Areas:

Minister's Gnangara Visit
Gnangara Clearfell this month?


Advocacy:

West Article adds fuel to fire
Adopt a Bike Shop


Minimal Impact:

Wilbinga Cleanup Day Sept 18
 










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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear {tag_recipientfirstname},

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a visit tells a million.  This month we spent two hours with the Minister for Sport and Recreation on a tour of the Gnangara and Pinjar areas.  No amount of reports or presentations can substitute for actually being there!

Read on to find out what else has been happening.

Minister's Gnangara Visit

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon Terry Waldron, visited the Gnangara Off Road Area at the invitation of the RTRA to get a first hand look at the condition of the place.

Minister Waldron was accompanied by MPs Tony Simpson and Paul Miles as well as senior executives from DEC and DSR.  The group then moved on to look at the more positive picture of the redevelopment work occurring at Pinjar.

We are hoping that the first hand look at the issues will help generate some short term funding for interim trails development at Gnangara so that users of this area have better, safer options while we wait for more significant funding for a major redevelopment.



Good Timing, Not Quite the Story

There's no such thing as bad publicity, but an article in The West Australian on the weekend gave a slightly misleading account of the RTRA's priorities.

Read Steve's blog on the subject for an insight into why the activities that get the publicity are not necessarily the main game.


Gnangara Clearfelling as early as August

Latest word from Forest Products Commission is that the southern portion of Gnangara (the area closest to Gnangara Rd) could be clearfelled as early as this month.  We reported in June that the area was scheduled for clearing this year, but with trees showing signs of 'drought stress' the FPC has brought forward the plans.

Check the Gnangara section of the RTRA web site for details of timing and implications for riders.


Riders pitch in for Pinjar Signage

RTRA volunteers were on hand on Saturday for a photo session for new signage for the Pinjar area.   The new signage is part of the overall development plan for the area and will help visitors understand the zoning of the area and the location of the growing collection of trails.

The perfect weather was ideal for riding and photography and many of the families stayed on for a picnic lunch and more riding after all the 'work' was done.

Wilbinga Cleanup - September 18

Riders who ride the Wilbinga area west of Wanneroo Rd should take note that on September 18 TrackCare Australia is coordinating a 'spring cleanup day'.  Riders on registered bikes are invited to come along and lend a hand in cleaning up this area in conjunction with our 4 wheeled friends.  DEC will be putting on a barbecue lunch for volunteers.  Take extra care if you are in the area as there will be lots of vehicles and pedestrians.  We'll put more details on the RTRA web site as we receive them.

Riders of unregistered bikes and quads should be aware that DEC will be in the area on the day...

Adopt a Bike Shop

How well do you know your local bike or accessory shop? RTRA is looking for volunteers to ‘adopt’ a bike shop and keep them supplied with membership brochures and information about RTRA activities and programs.

If you spend some time at your local dealer or accessory shop and think you can help promote the RTRA, drop us a line at info@rtra.asn.au.

Family Riding Opportunities

The Quindanning Family Fun Weekend is on again.  The T&E Club has announced that this year's event will be August 27/28.  It's a great opportunity for family riding on bikes and quads.  See www.trailandenduro.com.au.

West Coast Trail Bike Park will be open on the weekends of August 13/14, August 27/28 and Sepember 3/4 (Fathers' Day weekend).  This park is undergoing continuous improvement and offers riding to suit all levels.
See www.westcoastsafaris.com.au/family_trails_park


Spread the Word

The more members we have, the more we can achieve.  If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.


Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association of WA Inc
PO Box 273 Darlington WA 6070
www.rtra.asn.au