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 RTRA eNewsletter
November 2013

In this issue:


Pinjar Family Trail


ABC Story Nails it


1-3 Nov - M/cycle Show
Social Night Report

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It's been a busy, busy month for your Association. Read on to catch up with what's been happening...

Perth Motorcycle Show - November 1-3

The RTRA's stand at the Perth Motorcycle Show (November 1-3) is looking great. This year's show is being held at Claremont Showgrounds and we have a prominent position inside the Silver Jubilee pavillion, near the cafe.

We've had a great first day talking to members and riders and the weekend looks like being even busier.  If you're visiting the show please call by for a chat and to pick up a new RTRA bumper sticker.  

Social Night / AGM

There are a handful of members who would recall our early AGMs - where all of four people would turn up to the Como Bowling Club.   Fortunately those days are long gone and our Social Night / AGM is now a much more popular and stimulating evening.

This year was no exception with the room full of members and friends enjoying cold beer, tasty pizza and the opportunity to socialise with other riders.

Ewan MacGregor (no, not Charley's mate, the other one) and Colin Bayman gave us all a glimpse of the Australian Safari Adventure Rally, while the recreational trails coordinator from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), Stuart Harrison, briefed members on the funding being made available to support volunteers at Metro Road and Pinjar.

Other senior executives from DPaW and the Department of Sport and Recreation were in attendance - a good opportunity to highlight all the projects the RTRA has engaged in over the past 12 months.

Outdoors October Event Hits the Mark

Our Outdoors October event at Pinjar was a success - in more ways than one!

While helping to further embed recreational trail bike riding into the general outdoors community, the event also enabled us to show off Pinjar at its best for the cameras of the ABC's 7.30 WA program (see story below).

We received additional promotion via Outdoors WA and the TrailTalk forum, but most importantly we have established our place in this month-long celebration of outdoor recreation in all its forms - which will only get bigger and attract more media coverage next year.

Welcome new Committee Members

The RTRA Management Committee will be boosted with no less than five new committee members being elected at our recent AGM.

We welcome Paul Knight, Carrie Penrose, Leon Fry, Stacy Pike and Jasmine Khalid to the Committee.  The new members bring a great range of expertise and interests while improving our gender balance and lowering the committee's average age!

Great to have you all on board!

Meanwhile we thank our returning Committee members for their continuing involvement and give special thanks to our two retiring members, Tadhg MacCarthy and David Bylund for their support and contribution to the Association over many years.   

ABC Story Nails it!

ABC 2's WA 7.30 Report ran a well researched and well produced story on trail bikes.  The segment went to air on October 18 and depicted trail bike riding as a family friendly activity.  The Director of Visitor Services at DPaW, Peter Sharp, revealed that his department had spent over $750,000 on the Pinjar Motorcycle Area.  He said that the Department was very happy with that investment but more such areas were needed.

The story also highlighted the growing number of riders being seriously injured and highlighted how unsatisfactory most 'designated' off road areas are.

With renewed speculation about an imminent Cabinet submission the timing of this story was perfect.  You can watch the story here.

So Where Can I Ride?

It's the question every Ranger gets asked, and the top search query on the RTRA web site.

All the answers are provided in a new 20 page booklet that the RTRA will be marketing to state and local government authorities and distributing directly to riders and families.

The booklet provides information on registration and licencing, off road vehicle areas, commercial ride parks, clubs and events, legal liability and insurance, safety gear and minimal impact riding.  It also contains QR Codes to link directly to information sources for information that is prone to change.

If you would like a copy, see us at the Motorcycle Show or ring your local council and ask for one.

Facebook takes off!

The RTRA may not have gotten the holeshot on this social media thing, but we're now getting into the groove and our Facebook page has hit the powerband.  Total 'likes' have nearly tripled over the past month and by the end of this weekend we will have hit 2,000.

Keep those Shares, Likes and Comments coming! 

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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