WITH school holidays here, the City of Mandurah is reminding off-road vehicle users that riding dirt bikes, quad bikes, pocket rockets and unregistered trail bikes is prohibited within the City’s boundaries.
Ranger Services regularly receives complaints about off-road vehicles disrupting the environment and wildlife, damaging parks and bushland and causing excessive noise.
Some of the worst affected areas are Bridgewater and Erskine, with riders damaging bushland near Leisure Way and riding dangerously close to sensitive lakes and waterways.
City chief Mark Newman said off-road vehicles caused a huge amount of damage to bushland reserves, dunes and public and private vacant land every year.
“These riders risk harming other residents, the local wildlife and themselves,” he said.
“Parents of children with dirt bikes and other unregistered motorbikes must be vigilant about their child’s whereabouts these school holidays, as riders face penalties of up to $200 if caught.”
Recognising the lack of suitable motorbike riding areas in the Peel region, the City’s rangers approached the Department of Sport and Recreation in 2005 and soon after the Peel Trail Bike Committee was formed.
The matter has since been pursued at a State Government level and a State Trail Bike Committee has since been created.
The State Trail Bike Strategy, which was released in 2008, aims to address the issues of trail bike riding in WA and proposes a framework for planning and managing recreational trail bike riding on public and private lands.
Anyone witnessing the use of trail bikes or other off-road vehicles within Mandurah is encouraged to report the incident to Ranger Services on 9550 3777.
People are asked to provide as much detailed and accurate information as possible, such as the description of bikes, colour, make, any identifying features, (vehicle registration if it has a number plate), and the address of the bike owner if possible.