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Recreation in Water Catchment - Parliamentary Enquiry

01-Sep-2009

Following a significant amount of lobbying, the State Government in September announced a Parliamentary Enquiry into Recreation in Drinking Water Source Protection Areas.

This enquiry will re-examine the current Department of Water Policy (Policy 13) to see if it should be changed.

This is a vital issue for all trail bike riders, as it is one of the main reasons why there is so little legal riding available in the Perth hills.

Currently, you are not allowed to ride even a fully road registered trail bike in a water catchment are, unless you are on a properly formed sealed or gravel road. In other words, all trails, twin-track and unformed roads are off limits.

And water catchment areas extend for many, many kilometres from the actual dams.

RTRA has made a submission to the Inquiry, proposing that trail bike riding be included in master recreation planning, and that a series of designated routes through water catchment areas be planned.

The RTRA Submission will be made publicly available once the Parliamentary Committee has authorised its release.  See more details of the RTRA Water Catchment project.


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