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 RTRA eNewsletter
July 2016

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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear Member,

While the final results from the Federal Election are still unclear, one thing that seems certain is that Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir has not been re-elected.

There was nothing we could do to directly support Senator Muir, a Victorian Senator, but it's a shame to have lost the one Australian politician who was an active and passionate trail bike rider.  Let's see if any of our State Politicians are prepared to actually go in to bat for us.

Of course we're now into prime riding season and the trails are in great condition.  Lots happening off the trails as well...                    

Ranger Encounters Reported

We’ve heard numerous reports over the past few weeks of riders being stopped and questioned, warned and / or fined by Rangers. Most of the occurrences have been near The Lakes / Flynn Road / Gorrie Road, although there have also been some unsubstantiated reports from near Metro Road.

The RTRA has followed up with Parks & Wildlife and the Water Corporation and both agencies deny running any enforcement actions at Metro Road.  Water Corporation confirms the recent presence at Flynn Road. This area is actually private property owned by the Water Corporation. Parks & Wildlife tend to focus on unregistered bikes / unlicensed riders, but they could also fine anyone caught riding on single-track or the creek line, particularly in the Wandoo National Park.

If you have had a recent Ranger encounter, please report it via the RTRA Web site so we can continue to monitor the actions of land managers and advise members accordingly..

Manjimup Progress

The Manjimup Trail Bike Trails Hub project is progressing well. An initial public meeting in Manjimup earlier this month was well attended, and two followup meetings - a business opportunities workshop and a rider and families workshop will be held in Manjimup next week.  

Several local business have already expressed interest in developing products and services to suit riders.

The riders focus group held in Perth attracted a small but articulate group, and provided excellent background about the needs and desires of trail and adventure bike riders.

Where Can I Ride Information Session

Our ‘Where Can I Ride’ information session attracted a solid turnout of twenty five adventure and trail bike riders this week. Overlander Adventure Equipment kindly hosted the night, which covered issues like restrictions in Disease Risk and Water Catchment Areas and the legislation that permits and prohibits riding in various places and types of roads and trails.

Feedback from the session was very positive, with some lively discussion about the issues faced by riders who want to enjoy the best trails while staying on the right side of the law.

The content of this session and the mapping tools used will form part of our Ride Leaders Program which is currently under development.  

Gnangara Planning Underway

Planning has commenced for a upgrade of the Gnangara Off Road Vehicle Area.

A concept plan will be developed and there will be opportunities for riders to have their say. We’ll keep members up to date as the project evolves. 

Orchid Road Gets Some Attention

The main road into the Pinjar Motorcycle Area, as well as the roads through the two car parks, have been upgraded by Parks & Wildlife. The risk of trees falling on cars and people has also been reduced with an inspection of trees and pruning of dead and suspect limbs.

Riders are urged to take it easy on these roads so that they stay in good condition for as long as possible.

Gates to be Installed at Pinjar 

In an effort to reduce illegal dumping which usually occurs at night, Parks & Wildlife will be installing gates at both entrances to Orchid Road at Pinjar. 

The gates will be locked at night and unlocked each morning, however riders will be provided with a number to call if they wish to access the area early or are accidentally locked in at night. 

Security cameras will also be installed, so it is hoped that these measures will stop the lowlife scum who dump household rubbish and stolen cars in our recreation facility.

Pinjar Maintenance Morning - August 6 

Our next Pinjar Maintenance Morning is Saturday August 6.

Apart from the usual car park cleanups and trail safety monitoring we need to do some work on drainage on the inside of corners of the PeeWee trail. A few people with shovels or trenching shovels should enable us to drain the water away and reduce the pooling. 

Please mark this in your calendar if you can come along to lend a hand.

Metro Road Trail Mapping 

The planning at Metro Road moved a step forward in June, with a group of volunteer riders mapping out some of the trails within the Stage 1 area.

Using existing trails where possible will speed up the approvals process, however this must be balanced with the sustainability of those trails and the level of rider satisfaction they deliver.

Potentially suitable trails were identified either side of Metro Road, south of the Water Catchment boundary, as well as a possible trailhead site for parking.  

Murchison Offroad Update 

Latest news in the ongoing saga of the property lease for Murchison Offroad (Coolcalalya Station) is that the decision is now back with Minister Redman.

This is probably a good thing (it was what the RTRA was lobbying for) as the Minister has discretionary powers to allow the lease renewal. 

But as this issue has had more twists and turns than an enduro special test we’ll hold off any celebrations just yet. 

Minimal Impact: Metho Beats Dieback

It’s impossible to avoid wet trails in winter, and picking up mud on wheels and the undersides of guards and baseplates increases the risk of inadvertently spreading dieback. 

A good tip to prevent this during rides is to carry a small plastic pump spray bottle filled with 70% methylated spirits / 30% water. 

At each stop, spray the wheels, tyres and undersides of your bike. Doing this can kill any dieback spores that have been picked up.  

Of course you should always clean your bike thoroughly between rides, as dieback spores can continue to live even in dried-on mud.

Help Spread the Word

New to the RTRA?  Here are the four key objectives the RTRA pursues:
  • To protect and extend quality, safer off-road riding opportunities for Western Australian recreational trail bike riders of all ages.
  • To promote and encourage safety and responsible riding attitudes, including minimising noise and trail damage.
  • To actively pursue the needs of trail bike riders with State and Local Government, landowners and other stakeholders.
  • To improve the perception of trail bike riding as a recreational activity.
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.

Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association of WA Inc