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Northern Beaches National Parks to pilot Sustainable MTB Access
I'm very pleased... neigh... ecstatic to be able to share this news which broke last night but has been embargoed until now.
With local MP Mike Baird championing the cause of mountain bike riders on the Northern Beaches NPWS have finally realised that working together with riders is the sensible way forward. There's a story in the Manly Daily with brief details here:
Mike's press release here:
Aside from what is stated in the press, these are the outcomes as I was told:
- Northern Beaches has been chosen as a pilot area for the Government to improve mountain biking trails in national parks across the State.
- A full day of consultation will be held in late October with Northern Beaches mountain biking groups and environmentalists. This consultation will focus on statewide issues and then local issues at Garigal.
- NPWS are keen to resolve current tension at Garigal as soon as possible. The Regional Director for the Northern Area has instructed rangers on the ground to adopt a pragmatic approach until the issue is resolved.
- This initial stage of consultation will direct the Government's broader strategy on mountain biking, which will be finalised at the beginning of next year.
This does not mean that riding illegal trails is now OK - far from it. Many people have worked very hard to achieve this outcome and now is the time to show them your support and the opponents of mountain biking that the community is mature and can work well with other parties. The vast majority of riders has shown great patience but we need to hold that thought just a while longer.
This news shows what can be achieved with a positive attitude and the support of the community, and hope we can all look forward to what is to come.
Will be keeping everyone posted when more news is known about the upcoming meeting and progress in general.