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 RTRA eNewsletter
May 2015

In this issue:

Areas:

Pinjar Logging
Manjimup Hub Concept
Serpentine-Jarrahdale

Advocacy:

City of Swan Guidelines
Cornerman System

Events

Family Fun Day / Adventure Rally May 16/17




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Dear Member, 

Yes, yes, we know this Newsletter is late.  But there are some major announcements that we wanted to include. As we head into the peak riding season we've got some great news, some good news / bad news stories, and just a bit of other stuff. Read on and you'll see what we mean... 

Pinjar Motorcycle Area Logging - Weekday Closures

The Pinjar Motorcycle Area will be closed during week days between 18 May and 19 June to allow logging operations and track upgrades and maintenance to be undertaken. The ORV area will be open on weekends.  Riders are requested to avoid the Pinjar ORV area during the closure periods.

The bad news is that trees will be lost in the southern portion (south of the Family Trail) and western portion (west of the Advanced Zone car park).  The western section of the North Loop may be affected, however the trail itself will remain.

The good news is that Orchid Road and the entrances to the car parks will be re-graded and DPaW will take the opportunity to do some extensive work on the Family Trail, Short n Curly Circuit and a re-grading of the North and South Loops. Full details...

Manjimup Shire Greenlights Trails Hub Feasibility Study 

In one of the most exciting developments ever for trail bike riders, a unanimous decision of Manjimup Council has given the green light to assess the potential of Manjimup becoming Australia’s first designated trail bike hub, where riding is not just tolerated but actively encouraged! 

Western Australia is developing a program of ‘World Class Trail Hubs’ for mountain bikes and / or walkers, and Manjimup council has recognised the opportunity to capitalise on the extensive existing trails network, the favourable climate and environment, and its long association with motorcycles from enduro and motocross events.

The feasibility study, which should commence early in the new financial year will explore the social and economic benefits that becoming a trail bike trails hub could bring to the Shire, along with requirements for promoting and managing the activity.

RTRA President, Steve Pretzel, and enduro event legend and RTRA member, Collin Jennings, presented the concept to the Manjimup Council late last year and received an enthusiastic response.  The devastating bushfires in the region over summer meant that the project was not raised before full council until the April meeting. The RTRA will be assisting to raise the balance of funding needed for the feasibility study and will be involved in the rider research that will help shape the concept.

It is important for RTRA members to note that this project did not happen in isolation. It is the product of many years of re-positioning recreational trail bike riding, of building relationships with key government agencies and advocating for trail bikes to be recognised and included in the Western Australia trails ‘community’.  This is what the RTRA does. As an RTRA member you should feel some pride in knowing that you have contributed to this exciting possibility.  It should also be noted that the project is at feasibility study only - no commitments have yet been made and the feasibility study may throw up some serious challenges. 

We’ll keep members up to date with developments, including the opportunity to contribute to rider research. 

S-J Shire Shows Some Interest 

Closer to Perth, Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire has resolved to look into the possibility of developing an Off Road Vehicle Area within the Shire.

This is a very welcome development, as Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire has historically been uninterested in trail bikes, instead placing emphasis on facilities for horse riders.

We have indicated a willingness to meet with Council to discuss the possibilities in the area (using the success of Pinjar as evidence of what can be achieved) and will report back to members when this occurs.



Swan Noise Update

We have had a substantial, but not total, win with the City of Swan’s proposed guidelines for riding motorcycles on private property.

Following our negotiations with the City of Swan we have been advised that they will be removing several of the more onerous provisions of the guidelines, including the stipulation that only one bike at a time can be ridden and the ban on riding bikes other than those owned by residents of the subject property.

The guidelines now also reinforce that they are only applicable if noise exceeds the EPA Guidelines and only if they receive a complaint.

Unfortunately we were not successful in having the two hour time limit changed, nor were we successful in our call to use distance to noise-receiving property rather than size of the subject property the criterion for frequency of permitted riding.

Ultimately this issue is still about being respectful and reasonable with neighbours, and we encourage anyone who wants to ride a motorcycle or quad bike on their property to talk to their neighbours and if necessary reach a compromise position that all parties can live with.

Outdoors October Coordinator Position

Outdoors WA is seeking expressions of interest for the contract position of Outdoors October 2015 Program Manager. This position will drive all activities necessary to make Outdoors October a bigger and more successful event than in previous years. Specifically it is expected that the Program Manager will undertake a range of tasks including sponsorship, industry participation, communications, research and administration.

Full details on the Outdoors WA web site.

Lost Riders Highlight Importance of Cornerman System 

The recent case of two riders getting lost overnight near Flynn Road has highlighted the importance of the cornerman system.

For those unfamiliar with the system there is a good description in the RTRA website FAQs, and the Cornerman System is described and recommended in the Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) for Trail Bike Touring. The Adventure Activity Standards have been formulated to improve safety in outdoor activities and to provide a standard of reasonable care by ride leaders that can be used as a guide (including in court if things really go pear-shaped).

We encourage anyone who leads rides (including informal rides with family or friends) to read the AAS for Trail Bike Touring and to consider what is appropriate for each individual situation. 


Adventure Rally & Family Fun Day

The weekend of May 16/17 sees the running of the 2015 KTM Adventure Rally (Sunday) and Family Fun Day (Saturday) at the Mornington PCYC near Harvey.

The Adventure Rally is always a popular event and one that suits riders of all levels from advanced novice and up. The Saturday Family Fun Day was pioneered by the RTRA and T&E Club in 2009 and has been run by the T&E CLub since then.  More details...                      

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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