Po­lice track bush hoons

Trail bikes used to mon­i­tor forests

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

GET­TING off the beaten track is all just part of the job for Monto po­lice.

Armed with a new pair of trail bikes, Monto’s two cop­pers, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ron Mien­t­jes and Sergeant Glen Fletcher, have a range of ideas to help pro­tect our forests.

The big one will be mak­ing sure all trail bikes and ve­hi­cles rid­den through the area are prop­erly regis­tered and peo­ple are wear­ing safety equip­ment.

“In­creas­ing pa­trols of the Coominglah and Kalpowar forests will fo­cus on en­sur­ing com­pli­ance with state leg­is­la­tion re­lat­ing to ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion and the use of safety equip­ment,” Sgt Fletcher said.

Queens­land Parks and Wildlife is help­ing the po­lice with the ef­fort, and Ranger Peter Pick­er­ing said dan­ger­ous rid­ing had be­come more of an is­sue as parks be­came more popular.

“We have had two bike ac­ci­dents at Kroom­bit this year, they both had to be medi­vacced out,” Mr Pick­er­ing said.

“I don’t think peo­ple re­alise that all roads and tracks in the state for­est are pub­lic roads and the same road rules ap­ply.

“We are get­ting a lot of com­plaints also about peo­ple rip­ping around camp­sites on their bikes and caus­ing dis­tur­bances.”

He said a lot of state forests also had grazing leases on them and peo­ple had caused dis­tur­bances by spook­ing cat­tle.

The new bikes, four-wheel drives and side-by-side buggy pa­trols will also give po­lice a chance to keep an eye out for drug cul­ti­va­tion in more se­cluded ar­eas.

PHOTO: GLEN FLETCHER

RID­ING: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ron Mien­t­jes on one of the po­lice sta­tion’s new trail bikes.

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