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 RTRA eNewsletter
March 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

MWA Plan
Pinjar Practice MX

Advocacy:

SW Master Plan
So Where Can I Ride
Still no ORVAC

Events

Offroad Riding Club




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Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member

Another summer down - we're heading (slowly) towards some more favourable riding weather.

While things have been fairly quiet for the RTRA over summer there are many exciting projects in the wings for 2014.  Read on to catch up on what's been happening...

MWA Motorcycle Facility Plan

Motorcycling Western Australia is in the initial planning stages to identify, acquire land and build a unique facility to house road and off-road circuits.

It is planned that a road race circuit will be constructed, along with MX tracks and off road circuits suitable for both competition and casual trail bike use, trial, speedway and dirt track. The venue is suitable for a number of other sports and recreational uses for the wider community.

Says MWA’s Rick Gill: "Our vision is to provide a venue to sustain our sport into the future and to provide much needed income to subsidise the contributions of members. In addition the facility will provide a new industry to the Pinjarra region with significant community benefits both social and financial.”

The RTRA supports this initiative, as it could provide a very valuable addition to the riding inventory south of Perth. Members are encouraged to sign MWA’s petition to show support. 


Pinjar Practice MX Circuit Progress

If you’ve been to Pinjar recently you’re probably wondering why the new MX circuit development hasn’t been progressing.

The delay has been caused by lumps in the surfacing clay which would have caused maintenance and safety problems. DPaW are currently arranging to have the clay screened and work should continue once this process is completed.

So Where Can I Ride

Our ‘So Where Can I Ride’ booklets have now been taken up by several local councils.

Kwinana, Wanneroo, Mundaring, Rockingham and Armadale have all purchased copies and we are still negotiating with Swan, Kalamunda and Joondalup. DPaW has also purchased a quantity to provide to their rangers.

We will shortly commence distribution to the motorcycle industry to make this information about riding options in and around Perth as accessible as possible.


New Traffic Counters

The RTRA has taken delivery of three new trail counters in order to provide better data about trail usage. The TRAFx Trail Counter can be specifically configured to track trail and quad bikes and date and time-stamps each record. This means we will also be able to overlay weather conditions to see the impact that rain or heat has on riding as well as the weekday / weekend split and influence of school holidays.

The data collected will help us to assess durability of trails and predict maintenance requirements, as well as assisting in the process of securing grant funding for additional trail development.

We are grateful to Lotterywest for providing the funding for the new counters.   



Deproclaimed Dams Project 

Eight former water catchment areas in the South West are now open to recreation and DPaW is developing a master plan to look at what recreation is already occurring in these areas and what opportunities may exist in the future.

The RTRA will have the opportunity to provide input into the project, so we will be seeking information from members about where (and for how long) trail bike riding has occurred in these former catchments.

Like Native Title claims, it is important that we demonstrate that trail bike riders have been using these areas, otherwise we only have ourselves to blame if they get taken over for walkers or mountain bikes!  We’ll advise further when the full scope of the project and details of required information is known.


Club Profile: Offroad Riding Club of WA 

The Offroad Riding Club runs MA-sanctioned events for young riders aged 4+ to enjoy the sport of off road motorcycle riding in a fun, safe and friendly environment. 
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Safety is paramount. Trained adult lead and sweep riders follow each group of riders, qualified and experienced coaches teach motorcycle handling skills as well as tips on bike and body maintenance, and qualified first aid is on hand.

While competition is part of the fun, most events also have a non-competitive class for those who just want to get out and have a trail ride. There are always plenty of spot prizes so everyone has a chance of being a winner on the day.

All events are held on private property within 1-2 hours drive from Perth - usually country farms - and overnight camping is allowed at many of these, providing for a great family weekend. See the club's 2014 Event Calendar for more details.


Still no ORV Advisory Committee

Congratulations, Minister Simpson. It is now over 12 months since the Shire of Roebourne sent a request for an amendment of the boundaries of their Off Road Vehicle Area in Karratha.

After 12 months of office for the current Government there is still no Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee (despite the requirement under the Act).

 Not good enough.

Spread the Word

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