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 RTRA eNewsletter
November 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

Wanneroo Rifle Range
Short n Curly update 

Advocacy:

SW Mountain Bike Plan
Rego Plates
Southern Suburbs
ORVAC

Events

Metro Rd Cleanup




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Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member

Risk and opportunity in the South-West, the locals are getting restless south of the river and maybe, just maybe we can do something about the perennial problem of metal number plates on trail bikes.

There's lots for your Association to be working on, and some real opportunities for members to pitch in, too.  Read on to get up to date on the latest happenings... 

Metro Road Cleanup Day - November 8

Have you signed up yet to attend our ‘Spring Clean’ cleanup day at Metro Road next Saturday?  

Last year we had a fantastic turnout and removed truckloads of garbage.  This year will be easier, but we still would like to get as many riders out there as possible so we can get out riding earlier.  

Click here for further details and to register your attendance.

Solid Turnout at RTRA AGM

Another AGM has come and gone.  It was great to catch up with so many members on the night and we welcome Troy Speer and Angel Uruchima to the Committee.  

Thanks to the companies who provided door prizes -
Steve's Motorcycles, Ashfield Smash Repairs, Coffee Rock Motorcycle Parts, Tyres for Bikes, Freak Show Racing and Rick Gill Motorcycles.

Thanks also to Leigh Renton for a fascinating ride report following his recent trips to Cambodia. The President’s Report is available on the RTRA Web site and outlines the achievements of your Association over the past year.

Wanneroo Rifle Range 

The Wanneroo Shooting Complex has asked us to let riders know about the boundaries of the Wanneroo Rifle Range.  You may be aware of the range, but it seems some riders aren’t aware that the safety exclusion zone extends around 2.5km further north.  

We’ve been asked to stay out of the exclusion zone - for obvious reasons!  A more detailed map and a .KML file of the boundaries can be found on the RTRA web site.



South West Mountain Bike Plan

The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan has been released for public comment and there is a very significant overlap between areas the mountain bike fraternity has identified for future mountain bike hubs and the areas that have been enjoyed by responsible trail riders for many years.

We could lose many of these trails, but if we play our cards right we might end up with new, purpose designed single trail in prime locations. We are drafting a response to Mountain Bike document and welcome any input from RTRA members.  The submission deadline is November 4 so please send any comments you may have (preferably after reading the Master Plan document) to info@rtra.asn.au.  We will keep members informed of developments.                      

Short n Curly - the first weeks

Four weeks and 6,700 laps later, the new Short n Curly practice motocross circuit is holding up well.  There are some rocks emerging from the clay surface, but the berms are forming nicely and rider feedback has been positive.  

Some additional signage has been added near the circuit entry / exit, encouraging riders who are leaving the circuit to keep to the left hand side. The circuit has recorded an average of 248 laps per day since opening - a record for the Pinjar Motorcycle Area.



Rego Plates on the RTRA Agenda 

At the recent AGM, longtime RTRA member and supporter Ed Pitman proposed the idea that the RTRA could lobby to get the rules about number plates for road registered trail and enduro bikes changed.  We love the idea, Ed, and we’ve started the research process already and written to the Minister of Transport's Principal Policy advisor.  

With fines for incorrect number plates now over the $1,000 mark this is definitely a worthwhile crusade.  

We’ll keep members posted about our progress on this issue.



South of the River 

It’s time for a major campaign to get a family-friendly facility south of the river.  OK, it’s well past time but we’re determined to crank things up.  

We are working with DPaW and DSR to identify potential land and will then engage with the local councils for support.  

We have many members living in the southern suburbs who have been agitating for something to happen and we’ll certainly be harnessing ’the power of the people’ at the appropriate time.  Stay tuned! 



New Offroad Expert on Advisory Committee 

The Minister for Local Government’s Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee has finally been re-formed.  There are, as per legislation, two people on the committee who have been selected for their knowledge of the operation of Off Road Vehicles.  

One of these is Motorcycling WA Director, Rick Gill (a great supporter) and the other person, replacing the RTRA on this Committee, is the President of the WA Rangers’ Association.
Happy with that?  No, neither are we.  


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