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 RTRA eNewsletter
August 2013

In this issue:

Areas:

Advisor tours Metro Rd
Pinjar Developments
Lexia Loop re-grading
Nalbarra Station

Advocacy:

Minister Simpson meeting
New CEO at Kwinana






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Dear Member

Cool weather, no dust, perfect for riding.  As usual, there's some stuff happening off the trails as well...

Pinjar Monthly Maintenance Mornings

Our first monthly maintenance morning was a success, making a big improvement to the safety of the PeeWee trail and cleaning up the eastern car park.  

This month we will turn our attention to the western car park and then take a walking tour of the Short n Curly trail to get rider feedback on the extensions to this track. Here's a hint: longer straights, clay surface and several jumps.  It's an exciting development in the evolution of Pinjar so we hope to get lots of constructive feedback.  

Pinjar monthly maintenance mornings are held the first Saturday of each month between 9 and 11am.  Look for us this Saturday morning in the western car park
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Meeting with Minister Tony Simpson 

He may have had other issues on his mind (like preparing to deal with 30 angry Mayors!), but Minister for Local Government, the Hon Tony Simpson, gave us his full attention last week when we met to discuss the Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee and the progress of the State Trail Bike Strategy.

Unlike his predecessor, Minister Simpson seems keen to get things happening.  In the short term that's likely to translate into some area planning so that we can hit the ground running when we eventually get some serious funding.

Policy Advisor tours Metro Road

Some of that planning work is likely to go into the Metro Road area and we took Nick Sloan, Policy Advisor to the Minister for Sport & Recreation for a tour last week. Nick was surprised at the size of the area and quickly grasped the opportunities and challenges. Nick has been involved in the trail bike strategy for the past five years and has been instrumental in engaging other government agencies in the issue so it was great to be able to give him a first hand look at what's happening out there.

Go Big at Nalbarra Station 

How does 361,500 acres sound for a riding weekend?  John and Karen Wainwright have just completed renovations of the shearers' quarters on their working sheep station near Mount Magnet and are offering good value accommodation for trail bike riders.

Prices start at just $25 per person per night and there are options for caravans and campers as well.  The accommodation includes a self contained kitchen or they'll do a cooked breakfast and evening meal if you're too busy riding to stop to cook.  
For bookings call 08 9963 5829 or email nalbarra7@bigpond.com

Lexia Loop Maintenance

We were hoping to have committed dates for the grading of Lexia Loop in Gnangara and the North & South Loop trails at Pinjar.  Unfortunately DPaW (the new name for what used to be DEC) haven't been able to pin down the machine and operator yet.  

It will happen, though, and probably within the next couple of weeks.  We'll notify all members who have registered interest in these areas when it has been done.
 

Movement South of the River? 

The CEO of the Town of Kwinana, Neil Hartley has resigned, and the Towns of Kwinana and Cockburn are likely to be amalgamated in the local government redistribution.  

These two happenings may provide some hope in the quest for the development of a proper riding facility in the southern suburbs.  Neil Hartley was opposed to investing in the Kwinana Off Road Vehicle Area so the RTRA will certainly be taking the opportunity to meet with his successor and lay out the case for providing riders and their families in the immediate area with a more appropriate facility.

Minimal Impact: Keep it Clean, Keep it Green

This time of year we almost inevitably will return from a ride with mud hanging off our bikes.  It's really important to wash them down before the next ride (preferably straight away) to prevent the accidental transfer of Dieback.  

Trail bikes are prone to spreading the disease because riders tend to cover a lot of territory in a day and can easily cross from Dieback-infested to Dieback-free areas.   We can help by keeping clear of Dieback areas, sticking to the formed trails and making sure our bikes are clean before each ride.

Follow the RTRA on Facebook

Our new Facebook page is proving popular and we'll continue to expand this as a way of making it easier for our members to engage with the RTRA.

We hope you 'like' it - and don't forget to share it with your friends!

You'll find us at www.rtra.asn.au/facebook 


Spread the Word

If you think the RTRA is having a positive impact for riders, just think how much more effective we'd be if we had double the members.  It's actually not that hard - all it takes is for each member to find one other rider to sign up.   If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, please forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.


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