Police track bush hoons
Trail bikes used to monitor forests
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.
RIDING: Senior Constable Ron Mientjes on one of the police station’s new trail bikes.