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 RTRA eNewsletter
May 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

Pinjar Update
Pinjar Maintenance Morning

Advocacy:

QMP Visit

Events

Adventure Rally




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Dear Member

This month we visit Queensland Moto Park and bring you the latest in the ongoing negotiations about the trees at Pinjar.  The Adventure Rally is coming up and before long the trails will be damp and dust-free.  Read on to catch up on the latest news...

Pinjar Update

The saga of the trees continues! After our most recent advice that clearing would commence in May there has been yet another deferral in order to consider alternatives that would have less visual impact on the Pinjar area. No new date has yet been set and we are expecting to meet with DPaW within the next few weeks for further discussions. While we accept as inevitable the eventual extensive thinning of the area (DPaW is contractually bound to allow the removal of trees) the RTRA is advocating for this to be done progressively over the longest possible timeframe. Pinjar is the only properly developed Off Road Vehicle Area in the Perth Metropolitan area and is an important model for future such developments. We need to keep it as naturally attractive as possible.

The delay in clearing means that the practice MX circuit will no longer need to wait. It is expected that DPaW will instruct the contractors to resume work on this as soon as possible and we will advise RTRA members when we have an updated completion date. 


Pinjar Monthly Maintenance Morning - Sat May 3

We’ve had a great response to our call for riders to lend a hand at the Monthly Maintenance Morning at Pinjar this Saturday.

The morning gets underway at 10am in the Family Zone car park. DPaW will be providing a sausage sizzle for lunch.

If you can come along just let us know via the RTRA or Pinjar Facebook pages.

Queensland Moto Park Visit

RTRA President, Steve Pretzel, visited Queensland Moto Park (QMP) last month to meet with Park Manager, Ray Buchanen and assess the potential for a similar facility for Western Australia.

QMP was developed with funding provided by seven local South East Queensland councils and is operated by Motorcycling Queensland.

The 1200 acre facility consists of two motocross circuits, a supercross circuit, a natural terrain motocross circuit, a freestyle area and three junior circuits from Pee-Wees up. All circuits are maintained daily and watered three times per day. A sealed road provides access to and through the park and there are attractive grassed and treed areas for picnics or spectating. Trail riders are catered for with over 30km of trails snaking up and over the adjacent hillside.

Riders must hold a Motorcycling Australia recreational or competition licence and pay a daily fee starting from $40. Camping is available at just $5 per person per night. Since its inception two years ago the park has attracted over 32,000 visitors.

QMP is seen as a model for Motorcycling WA’s plan to develop a road race and off road motorcycle facility near Pinjarra.


Gone Riding!

We're often riding in remote areas out of mobile phone coverage. And while we're always riding in a group of three or more (we are always doing that, right?) there can still be times when it is helpful for someone back at home to know roughly where we'll be and when we're expected back.  The 'Gone Riding!' form, available for download from the RTRA web site enables you to provide the basic details of when, where and with whom so if there's an incident and you can't make contact a rescue or recovery can be initiated by someone else.

We'd encourage riders to check it out.  It's good practice and could save valuable time in an emergency.  


Honda Adventure Rally - May 24.25

One of the biggest and best non-competitive rides of the year is coming up on May 24 / 25. The Trail and Enduro Club’s Adventure Rally near Harvey provide opportunities for family riding on Saturday, and a fantastic trail ride (for registered bikes and licences riders) through 120 kilometres of top riding country on Sunday. The route closely follows last year’s Australian 4 Day Enduro course so riders can experience what the top guns got to ride on!

Camping under the stars is available in the picturesque Mornington Mills Camp ground and there is limited dormitory accommodation. See the  Honda Adventure Rally   web site for details and bookings.



New Facebook Page for Pinjar 

With all that is happening at Pinjar the RTRA and DPaW have created a Facebook page specifically for the area to keep riders and their families informed and to encourage feedback and suggestions.

Head over to facebook.com/dpawpinjarmotorcyclearea to check it out. If you like the area, Like our Facebook page!



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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