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Logue Brook Succumbs to Water Pressure

01-Nov-2007

As expected, the Department of Water has announced its intention to re-classify Logue Brook dam from a recreational area to a drinking water catchment area. This will prevent recreational trail bike riding in the immediate area. Typically a 2km prohibition zone exists around the dam itself but a much wider catchment area can be expected, as the Department of Water policy is to protect any area where a drop of rain could land and ultimately find its way to the dam.

There is some good news in this. RTRA predecessor, WATARC, was an active and vocal participant in the community consultation process, even hosting a meeting with Harvey Water, the Trail and Enduro Club and the consutant envoronmental consultants. As a result, recreational trail bike riders are likely to be recognised as one of those groups disaplaced by the change in classification of Logue Brook dam.

With $10 million set aside for facilities development we will be lobbying hard to ensure that some of that money goes towards the planning and development of an alternative area for riding.

RTRA will be meeting with the Department of Sport and Recreation who have been very supportive of recreational needs (including trail bikes) in the area. So stay tuned for developments!


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