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 RTRA eNewsletter
November 2015

In this issue:


Kwinana 4WDs
Pinjar Improvements
Blue Rock Shut Down


Dandaragan Councillor
Trails and Outdoors Conference


Perth Motorcycle Show

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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear Member

This is a really busy time of year for your Association.  The AGM, Motorcycle Show, Trails Conference, and planning for next year all add to the general project workload.

It's an opportunistic time of year for riding, too.  We're still getting occasional rain,"downpours of traction", so there is still plenty of riding to be done.

Here's a quick catchup before you head back out there...                  

Biggest Motorcycle Show Yet

We’ve just packed up our stand at the 2015 Perth Motorcycle Show - our most successful ever.  

Over the three days of the show we spoke to hundreds of riders of all ages, handed out over a thousand items of information about where to ride and the activities of the RTRA, and signed up dozens of new members to add weight to our lobbying voice.  

Thanks to all the RTRA members who dropped by to say hi - and thanks to our hardworking committee who each gave up time to help out on the stand.

Social Night a Real Winner

Our members were literally the winners at our annual Social Night and AGM last Tuesday.  

Thanks to a bunch of sponsors virtually everyone who attended won a door prize.  Goggles, gloves, oil, wine, caps and tickets to the Motorcycle Show and Enduro Cross were snapped up - with over forty prizes being handed out on the night.  

The management of your Association was also a winner, with five new committee members appointed.  Joining our committee for 2016 are Collin Jennings, Marty Brausch, Keith Farnham and Paul Prince.  We're also welcoming back former committee member Brett Grandin.  Thanks to all for stepping up.

As usual there was plenty of dirt-related banter and discussion of issues important to riders. If you weren’t able to get there you can read the President’s Report which outlines the activities of the past year on the RTRA web site.

Special thanks to the sponsors on the night: Endurowe Tech, KTM Australia, KTM West, Network Recruitment Group, Dirt High Promotions, Perth Motorcycle Show and Steve's Motorcycles

Four Wheel Drives at Kwinana 

We’ve received reports recently about the number of four wheel drives using the Medina off road vehicle area at Kwinana.  We can confirm that the area is gazetted for motorcycles (and quad bikes) only.  

We provided the City of Kwinana with information confirming this back in November 2014 and we are now following up to find out why this is not being enforced.  

Momentum Building for Southern Suburbs Campaign 

We have received a response from the Minister for Local Government to our calls for action in the southern suburbs.  

In our letter we outlined the history of the area dating back to our initial involvement in 2005 and we proposed a short term solution involving improvements to the area, as well as a longer term solution in the form of a larger regional area.  Specifically, we called on the Minister to convene a meeting of the cities of Kwinana, Cockburn, Rockingham and Mandurah to discuss the supply and demand for offroad riding.  

The Minister has confirmed that he has asked his department to liaise with the City of Kwinana and we are hopeful that this will generate some action within the next few weeks.

Blue Rock Shutdown

The popular area off Jarrahdale Road, unofficially condoned by Rangers, was the subject of a recent blitz by Rangers and Police which sent riders packing.

We contacted S-J Shire Senior Ranger for information and it seems that the blitz was a one-off following complaints about 'idiot' riders trashing surrounding areas, riding inside the nearby rifle range and damaging the historically significant POW Camp.

Family groups who use the area responsibly are unlikely to be targeted - but there remains a risk of this area becoming permanently declared off-limits by the actions of an irresponsible few.  We've seen how properly developing an area for family-friendly riding can improve the general behaviour (eg Pinjar) so we are working on this with S-J Shire.

Major Improvements at Pinjar

A D6 dozer, a water tanker, a loader, two Positraks, several hundred cubic metres of prime quality clay and a week or two of solid work have transformed the Short n Curly track at Pinjar and made major improvements to the PeeWee and Family Trails.

The rocks which kept coming to the surface on the Short n Curly track have been removed, and the new surface is grippy, firm and more durable.  

The Department of Parks and Wildlife are really committed to the success of this project and are doing a fantastic job in providing materials, machinery and manpower - and funding the specialist services to ensure that the tracks are finished to a very high standard. 

Good News in Jurien

The Dandaragan Shire has a new Councillor who is pro-bikes.  Chris Carey, a former Ranger, pledged to pursue the establishment of areas for off-road motorcycles in his local government election campaign.  

Having a voice for riders on local councils is great news, so we wish Chris all the best in his new role. 

Trail Riding on Display at State Trails and Outdoors Conference

As part of our program of educating government land managers and other trails users about what recreational trail bike riding is all about, we negotiated to include a ten minute video segment into the rotating display.  

Our video showed riders enjoying single trail and old logging tracks in the south west - and would have changed the perception of some of the conference attendees who typically just have images of motocross racing whenever trail bikes are mentioned!  

Trail riders also received a favourable mention during the launch of the Horse Trails Strategy, with the notion of horse riders and trail bike riders not getting on being dismissed as ‘not true’.  Anna Sheehan from the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association said most of her members report favourable encounters with trail bike riders.                     

Get Well Soon, Simon

Long term RTRA Committee Member, Simon Mykolajenko, is recovering from heart surgery to replace a faulty valve.  On behalf of the RTRA committee and members we wish you a full and speedy recovery.  Hope to see you back out there soon!

Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association of WA Inc