Revived old biking trails turned back to parkland
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has begun remedial works on unsanctioned mountain biking trails after “a significant amount of new trail construction” was uncovered in Bramley National Park this month.
A spokeswoman said the trails were discovered on August 14 and work to repair the damage was carried out on August 18.
The trails fall within the park, where the mountain biking network is managed by a trail adoption agreement between the department and the region’s peak mountain biking body.
Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association chairman Dean Davies told the Times the association supported new trails guided by formal mountain biking policies, but said: “We do not support illegal trails”.
Conservationists Peta Goodwin and Chris Berrill said trails without proper planning caused environmental issues such as erosion and bush degradation, threatening the Margaret River.
“I don’t think these kids are acting out of maliciousness, and actually, their passion is a credit to them , but they might not be aware of how serious it is — education is key,” Ms Goodwin said.”
The trails are understood to be the re-establishment of long-abandoned unsanctioned trails. Illegal trails should be reported to the Department on 9752 5555.