Mys­tic rider re­pairs

Myrtleford Times - - News - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

A GROUP of mo­tor­bike rid­ers left frus­trated by the ac­tions of oth­ers who en­joy the same past time, 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.

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