Mystic’s rider repairs
Motorbike group raises funds to fix damage to launch
A GROUP of motorbike riders left frustrated by the actions of others who enjoy the same pastime, have gone out of their way to pay for repairs to the launch on Bright’s Mystic Hill.
Several weeks ago a number of holes were put in the special matting at the launch - used by paragliders and hang gliders to take off – believed to be by dirt bike riders.
The matting has been in place for a decade and covers an area about 60 metres by 40 metres to prevent erosion and improve launch conditions for pilots.
North East Victorian Hang Gliding Club (NEVHGC) president Karl Texler said it wasn’t the first time the launch had been damaged by the careless actions of people.
“It’s a surface you can ride a motorbike or drive a car across provided you’re not spinning the wheels on it,” he said.
“Every time there is damage it’s obvious that the culprits are being careless, like not thinking about the consequences of hammering a golf tee into the matting so they can use the launch as a driving range or if someone goes and locks the front wheel of their motorbike and does a burnout.”
“There were two holes in the matting and they’d also gone up behind the launch and put their front wheel against a tree to do another burnout in the dirt.
“I don’t know why people do these things whether they were bored or thought it would be funny I don’t know.”
In a post on the Facebook page Victoria Enduro Riders, riders were told about the damage prompting Jake Sgubin, a regular to Bright from the Macedon Ranges to ride his dirt bike, to set up a crowd funding effort.
“I go up to the launch area at the start or end of a lot of my rides when no one is around and just take in the nice view,” he said.
“It just sort of angered me and annoyed me because riding a dirt bike is something I’ve gone all my life and at times you don’t get the best reception from people and that’s caused by people doing things like this.
“Everyone that’s donated had nothing to do with any of it other than just showing a bit of good will and saying we’re not all idiots.”
Mr Texler said the figure raised of about $1200 is far more then what it will cost to repair the matting.
He said the NEVHGC would use what money they needed and then give the remaining funds to Alpine Community Planation, the body which looks after all activities on Mystic Hill.
“We could put it aside to consider the costs of putting up trail cameras but we don’t want to do that because we don’t want to be spying on people,” Mr Texler said.
“Even though the purpose of the launch is for paragliders we want everyone to have access to it and we really don’t mind people going up and sitting there to simply enjoy the view.”