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 RTRA eNewsletter
September 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

Pilot Trail Holding Up
Metro Road Cleanup
Karratha Expansion
Coastal Study

Advocacy:

Strategy Back on Agenda

Events

Outdoors October
RTRA AGM




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Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member

Spring already!  Wildflowers, warmer weather but hopefully still enough moisture to keep the dust away.  A great time of year to go riding, but also a very busy time on the trails.

A busy time off the trails as well.  Read on to catch up on the latest news from your Association ...

Encouraging signs from Government Changes

The State Trail Bike Strategy appears to be back on the government agenda, with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Terry Waldron, referring to the Strategy in his opening remarks at a recent Ministerial breakfast hosted by DSR.

There have apparently been fresh meetings between Ministers Tony Simpson, Terry Waldron and new Transport Minister Dean Nalder.  Mr Nalder appears much more receptive to the role of the Department of Transport than did his predecessor and as this was one of the main stumbling blocks previously we are hopeful that things will start to move.

In another positive move, the Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee has finally been reconvened after an absence of around two years.


Outdoors October - Pinjar Open Day

All RTRA members and their families are invited to the Pinjar Open Day on October 4 as part of Outdoors October.  

The morning will commence at 10am with the bi-monthly carpark cleanup, then there will be the opportunity to ride the trails, find out about the next stage plans for the area and (all going well!) sample the new practice MX circuit.  

Our friends at the Department of Parks and Wildlife will once again put on a barbecue.  If you haven’t yet brought the family to Pinjar this will be the ideal time to do so.  

Outdoors October is getting bigger  - there will be over 100 events listed this year - and we want trail bike riding to be one of the main activities promoted.  So get outdoors and get riding!

Metro Road Cleanup - November 8

A recent inspection of the Metro Road car parks revealed that riders using the area have been doing the right thing and taking their rubbish home with them.  This is great news as it means that more of the funding provided by DPaW will be able to go towards trail maintenance.

November 8 has been set for the annual clean-up day and if we can get as good a turnout of volunteers as we had last year we should be able to knock over the main areas and roadside within a couple of hours - allowing plenty of time for riding!


Pilot Trail Holding Up Well 

Still on Metro Road, the demonstration trail sections are still in good condition over two years after they were developed or modified.  By contrast, the ‘control’ sections where whoops were simply graded out have whooped out again.  

This confirms the view that purpose-built single-trail can provide a better environmental outcome and can require less maintenance than repairing old and deteriorated logging trails.

We are hoping to develop more new single trail sections to bypass and replace whooped out trail sections, particularly at the beginning segments of the Pilot Trail..



RTRA AGM - October 21 

Mark October 21 in your calendar - this is the date confirmed for the RTRA Annual General Meeting.  We will be holding this at the Oxford Hotel Leederville again and as in previous years we will keep the formalities to a minimum to maximise the socialising time.  

More details, together with the formal Notice of AGM will be emailed to members soon.


Karratha Off Road Vehicle Area expansion 

The City of Karratha is expected to commence public consultations soon as part of the process to expand the boundaries of the Millars Road Off Road Vehicle Area.

Planning for the redevelopment of this facility started in 2012 but has been held up for the past eighteen months while the state government’s Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee was reformed.



Coastal Trails Feasibility 

The feasibility study into the possible development of one or more Off Road Vehicle Areas or trails between Lancelin and Kalbarri is now entering the third stage, with survey results analysed and current ‘hot spots’ identified.  

More detailed discussions with the Local Government Authorities will now begin in order to locate and evaluate suitable sites.



Armadale offer to Register ORVs 

The Armadale Police are offering free registration of Off Road Vehicles in a bid to cut down on the theft of bikes and quads in the area - or at least to make it easier for stolen vehicles to be identified and returned to their owners. 

The registration form can be handed in to Armadale Police Station 23 Prospect Rd Armadale or emailed to: Armadale police. 


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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