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 RTRA eNewsletter
August 2017

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Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member

Ever thought of adopting a trail?  The RTRA has obtained approval from Parks & Wildlife to sell trail sponsorships at the Pinjar Motorcycle Area to relevant businesses.

Naming rights sponsorship of the various trails includes a 95 x 205mm sign, your logo on the Pinjar Trails map, linked banner ad on the RTRA website, plus a statement on the RTRA website, Facebook page and E-newsletter.

Shoot us an email at info@rtra.asn.au if you would like further details and pricing. 

Contract Signed for Pinjar Toilets 

The long-awaited Pinjar toilets are now a step closer, following the signing of a construction contract recently.

Parks and Wildlife has confirmed that construction should commence at the end of August and will take several weeks to complete. Take care while construction is in progress. 

We've been waiting a long time for this much-needed facility, so please respect them and notify the RTRA or Parks and Wildlife if you see any damage.  

... and no, they're not going to look like this!


Positions Vacant on RTRA Committee 

The RTRA needs energetic people to fill two key volunteer roles:

Pinjar Off Road Riding Area Coordinator.

Pinjar is one of the RTRA flagship projects and is providing areas for people of all ages and skill levels to ride legally. We are looking for a passionate person to volunteer as the Area Coordinator. This entails organising and running the bi-monthly clean up days (with the help of the committee and volunteers), working toward improving the area and riding, helping to create a Pinjar Friends group, and working with the Local Council and Parks and Wildlife to create a local management committee that will keep Pinjar available for many years to come. The Coordinator will also be expected to come to the bi-monthly committee meeting to report on the status of the area. This is an awesome opportunity to help the community of recreational trail riders and to become part of the RTRA committee. The RTRA needs someone passionate, organised and willing to help.

Volunteer Coordinator.

The Volunteer Coordinator has the opportunity to help bring the RTRA into the future. We have an ambitious programme to deliver this year and it will be impossible to do without the help of the RTRA community. The Volunteer Coordinator will be involved in most aspects of the RTRA’s work either directly and/or by helping get others involved.

This is likely to be the most challenging Coordinator position we have, and will take a special kind of person that is; extremely well organised, incredible with people, can motivate people to help save our activity. You will work closely with all other Coordinators, to allow these programmes to move forward.

Are you up to the challenge?

If you are interested in either of these volunteer positions please contact Xander on xander@rtra.asn.au for a chat or describing why you believe you can help.  

Trail Riders First Aid Course - September 17

Mark your calendars for the RTRA's Trail Riders' First Aid course.

Date: Sunday 17 September
Time: 12 noon - 4pm
Venue: Overlander Adventure Equipment, Farrall Road Midvale
Cost: $90

The 'Fast Aid for Motorcyclists' course will be presented by Janine Nicholas from Rider Down and will focus on providing the right education and skills to the types of injuries typically encountered by fallen motorcyclists.

We'll provide further information on the program content and a booking form soon.
                                                          

Short n Curly gets another Makeover

The Short n Curly practice circuit at Pinjar has had an expert makeover with new surface material added and the entire circuit re-shaped and smoothed.

More works are planned for Pinjar over the next (including the signage shelters which should be completed by October).

Membership Auto-Renewal

If your RTRA membership falls due for renewal this month you will shortly receive a Renewal Invoice.

If the credit card you used last year is still valid and hasn’t expired you don’t need to take any action - your renewal will happen automatically. We’ll get in touch if you need to update your card details.

This is a new system (we announced it last year but it’s only now processing the auto-renewals) so we can't guarantee that there won't be the odd glitch.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Minimal Impact: Avoid Wet Areas

Winter riding means some of the places we ride with minimal impact in summer will become waterlogged and prone to damage.

Water is the most damaging thing that can happen to a trail, and where - and how - we ride through wet areas can mess things up for years. You can help protect our trails by avoiding trails that develop known bog-holes or swampy patches and not creating or worsening ruts up hills.

If there's standing water on the trail, slow down and ride through it rather than making the trail wider by riding around it. And remember that dieback spreads more easily when mud is picked up on wheels and frames, so be especially aware of DRA exclusion areas and always make sure you wash your bike thoroughly between rides.

Winter is both the best time to ride and the time when the environment is at its most vulnerable. We all need to take responsibility for protecting our trails for the future.  

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.


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