Re­vived old bik­ing trails turned back to park­land

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Taelor Pelusey

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.

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