Manly Dam Issues and Directions Discussion Paper - Please Comment
In case you missed Warringah Council's recent email there's some pretty positive news they have put out for riders in the region. Here's part of what they said:
This Paper hopes to encourage a rigorous and informed debate among the community on the issues and values of the Park. Comments received on the Discussion Paper will assist in confirming the key values and management issues for the Park and will help set a new vision and future direction for Manly Dam.
Council requires a new Plan of Management to take a fresh look at the values that the community attributes to the land and to develop current management actions to maintain, protect and enhance these values.
Following the comment period, the next step will be preparing a draft Plan of Management and a draft Masterplan, which will be placed on public exhibition in the new year.
To obtain your copy of the Discussion Paper and Comments Sheet please contact Erica Griffiths by email at Erica.Griffiths.email@example.com. Alternatively, go to http://yoursaywarringah.com.au/manlydam to view or download the Discussion Paper and Comments Sheet and to have your say before Friday 14th January 2011.
Rider's would probably be mostly interested in Part 2 the Bushland Management Zone and specifically page 28 which show a map of possible options.
The paper considers four options to mountain bike riding. I've added a good, better, best commentary to these below, but this is from only a quick read so let's discuss. Please read the paper and make up your own mind and post your thoughts:
Note the points below are in 'good' to 'best' order but the option numbers are from the paper:
- Option 1: Good. Status Quo (post February 2010 situation) - the current situation. No new access.
- Option 4: Better (slightly) - Duplicate sections of the circuit that are deemed "hazardous". No new access.
- Option 3: Better - "Creating new sections of mountain bike only track, on new or realigned routes, to avoid or minimise issues or short-comings with parts of the existing designated circuit." Estimates 300-750m of new single track but may well have a zero-sum gain so far as distance goes. However, replacement track would hopefully make for better riding.
- Option 2: Best. Shared-use and Risk Management - "Retaining the entire currently designated mountain bike circuit and allowing for the shared-use, by both mountain bikers and walkers, of all single track sections.". This may well be the best option if the, "all single track sections" statement includes tracks in the Norhern part of the park (those that one has to climb under the pipe to get to). As these are drawn on the map (see attached) see no reason why not.
Whatever your thoughts, I would encourage everyone to respond to the council's call for comments and show them how important Manly Dam is to you.