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Ranger News - May 2008
For unknown technical reasons I didn't get this email from the rangers until today, the news below was sent to us on Friday from local NPWS rangers. Apologies for the delay.
What follows is the update quoted in full.
New news – we have installed ‘no MB totems’ at:
- The Slippery Dip entrance to Deep Creek
- The Heath Track entrance to Technical Downhill
- The entrance to the illegal MB track that runs off Bantry Bay Road / Engravings Track (next to Wakehurst Parkway) along the rock ledge
We installed a ‘no MB sign’ at the western end start of the walking track part of Two Creeks Track but it has already been vandalised & removed. A new larger & more substantial sign will be going in soon.
Also on the Two Creeks Track MB riders have been seen illegally removing the track closure signs & materials that we have placed to close the section of track when there has been a rock fall. Anyone involved in illegally removing such a barrier / obstruction risks a fine of $500.
That section of the track is closed for safety reason as expert advise is that the remaining overhang could come down at any time, especially with all the rain we have had. There is an alternative walking route around the section that must be used.
Also another attempt has been made to vandalise the Mona Vale Rd totem near the BaHi Temple (see below).
It is obvious that many riders are still ignoring the current no MB totem signs (see below) & we will be increasing our patrols of those areas & will issue on the spot fines of $300 (Drive vehicle on access-barred road/track/area) to any rider found on the tracks with NO MB signs.
We are very concerned that promotion of “hot laps" such as the Cascades which flies in the face of safe riding & sharing the tracks with other users.
There are also already significant issues with speeding MB riders in the Cascades area & the promotion of racing the Cascades "hot lap” is downright irresponsible.
To average over 15 kph over that distance (I hope the ‘Rob’ is not you) means that the speeds down the hills would have to be downright dangerous & any MB rider caught doing those sort of speeds will be issued with a $300 on the spot fine (Drive vehicle in dangerous or reckless Manner).
If MB rider behaviours do not improve, the MB fraternity risks loosing the chance to have valid influence on future planning for access to National Parks & could even end up being totally excluded from many NP areas, especially if someone is injured or killed by such behaviour.