Because part of the management plan takes in the Garawarra State conversation Area at Helensburgh part of the Illawarra area. Check the map. Scroll down to the bottom. There is some good riding in there. Don't want to be riding another packed down clay McFlow trail which is good for a SS.It is very important for riders in Wollongong/Illawarra region to jump on board and have your say in regards to the exclusion of all mountain and downhill trails. We don't want this process setting a policy precedent for the development of trails in Illawarra escarpment or other areas.
It is baffling that NPWS don't get that trails should be developed based on their environmental impact and satisfying rider experience for the best outcomes of the park.
The powers that be if they had some foresight could have a MTB trail from Grays point/Sutherland all the way down to Mt Keira with access from the train in certain areas.I was thinking more along the lines of the proposal to develop Trails at MT Keira and the surrounding areas. This will come under a different area plan of management and I fear NPWS will come back with the same BS when this process gets to where the RNP is at now.
The Dirt Art feasibility study for MT K is underway and NPWS look like they have largely ignored their recommendations for the RNP and those other areas you mention. It would be great to see those trails formally linked up with the Brokers Nose area and beyond to Keira/Kembla. So much potential yet so little vision from NPSW.
The RNP have struggled with this for a long time and you wouldn't think it would be *that* hard. I guess a bit of shire nimbyism's is part of the issue. If they insist on making it a family friendly / insurance appeasing trails then as mentioned new trails will get built and the cycle will continue. I just don't think the RNP have too much to do there and tend to overthink things to the point of little action popping out at the end of 'the process'.Does the RNP need better MTB trail management? Of course it does, and I can understand the need for a more comprehensive plan. Advanced/technical trail exclusion is something I feel needs to be corrected for the progression of our sport. I hope this acquires more attention before we all end up with every trail becoming a flow trail with no features.
I absolutely agree. While my cynicism is firmly camped in the "you are wasting time arguing this", my recognition of appealing to the lowest common denominator in my passion compels me to counter the incredibly short-sighted Parks & Wildlife Service paper. I have kids that will be using these trails, kids that grow up watching Brandon Semenuk and Troy Brosnan on youtube. These kids represent the next generation of riders and if the NSW Parks & Wildlife Service wants to ignore the direction of the increasingly popular sport for a sanitised brochure depiction, they do it at their own waste of time and resources. This is the core of my argument against advanced trail exclusion: they can include and manage advanced trails now, or find themselves chasing after unauthorised trail building in the future. If the Dirt Art TAR is correct in its research of demographics, a significant amount of regular trail users will have children, many of these children will enjoy the sport and these children will be increasing their skills rapidly. Advanced trail exclusion is a very short term solution that looks good on paper for aspirational administration types that may not have to deal with the blind-spots of their implemented plans several years from now.If they insist on making it a family friendly / insurance appeasing trails then as mentioned new trails will get built and the cycle will continue.
I think you can still buy a water bottle to help trail care http://www.trailcare.com.au/ This can help them to lobby the NSW government to help fund MTB in national parks.At this stage in life I've concluded that change requires money. I'd be willing to donate money and time to an advocacy group to argue for inclusion of advanced trails. I have no idea if that even exists.
Nice, thanks for that. This site appears to be broken for me but I'll try again later.I think you can still buy a water bottle to help trail care
I'm not really into racing and don't intend to get into the idea. I've planted my flag firmly in the recreational gravity camp and I'm an old person, so is there any real tangible benefit to joining a local club? I looked around for club websites and not a single one mentions the RNP management plan or general trail advocacy, it's all about racing. Maybe I'm missing something.Joining your nearest MTB club also helps.
I'm not really into racing and don't intend to get into the idea. I've planted my flag firmly in the recreational gravity camp and I'm an old person, so is there any real tangible benefit to joining a local club? I looked around for club websites and not a single one mentions the RNP management plan or general trail advocacy, it's all about racing. Maybe I'm missing something.