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 RTRA eNewsletter
June 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

Coastal ORV Study
Controlled Burns

Advocacy:

Winter Riding Tips

Events

Offroad Riding Club




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Dear Member

Winter at last!  Cool, damp, green - perfect for riding.
Read on to catch up on the latest news from your Association ...

Lancelin - Kalbarri Feasibility Study

Do you ever ride north of Lancelin? There’s a project looking into the feasibility of establishing one or more Off Road Vehicle Areas or trails in the coastal region between Lancelin and Kalbarri.

The Northern Agricultural Catchment Council is behind the project and they are keen to explore the options - including the possibility of designated point to point or loop trails.

Riders are encouraged to have their say on what and where. See http://tbma.com.au/nacc-orv


Controlled Burns planned for Pinjar and Gnangara

Weather permitting, the Department of Parks and Wildlife will be conducting prescribed burning within and around the Gnangara and Pinjar ORV areas. The burns are being conducted to reduce the risk of bushfire and to allow regeneration of harvested pine plantations. The burns could occur at various times between now and October.

Some sections of the ORV areas may be closed for short periods of time due to burning operations, but riders should also be aware of DPaW vehicles and personnel, as well as the impact from smoke in the area..

ORV Registration - Where Can I Ride?

We’re often asked about ORV Registration and where it entitles you to ride.

The short answer is: If it's public land, ORV registration entitles you to ride only in designated Off Road Vehicle Areas such as Kwinana, Lancelin, Gnangara, Pinjar and York.

The Powerlines trail is not a designated area, so you will need full road registration and a licence to ride there legally. The RTRA web site has more information about registration options.


Minimal Impact: Winter Riding Tips

Now that the rains have finally arrived 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. See the RTRA web site for more minimal impact tips.   


Offroad Riding Club of WA 

What used to be the Juniors' division of the Trail and Enduro Club has been spun off into a new club - the Off Road Riding Club of WA.
  
The main focus of the club is Junior riders, but with a real interest in involving the whole family in the sport. The now cater for riders up to 23 years of age.

Events include Junior Enduros, training days, Natural Terrain MX and family ride days - all on private property.



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!



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