Unplanned Trail Building Threatens Bushland - August 1, 2012
A newly cleared mountain bike trail has recently been discovered inMeelupRegionalPark. This track, which cuts through previously intact, dieback-free bushland, seriously threatens the health of the park.
For the past three years the Meelup Regional Park Management Committee has been working with the mountain-biking community to negotiate an agreeable solution to allow bikes on designated trails in the park. This coordinated approach will not compromise the park’s unique and important natural environment. A resolution is expected before the end of 2012.
“It’s disappointing that ad-hoc trail building is continuing to occur in Meelup Park, particularly given that the area already has a myriad of trails,” said Environment Officer and consultant to the Meelup Regional Park Management Committee, Mandy Polley.
“A lot of hard work and patience has been required on both sides to work through negotiations between the committee and the mountain biking community, and an outcome is only months away. This kind of activity seriously undermines the process. Not only that, but dieback is prevalent in the park and it is crucial we protect the areas that are not infested. Building trails and riding bikes through dieback-free areas in winter can seriously impact the park’s vegetation.”
Committee Presiding Member, Bob Jarvis, said: "Dieback and tree diseases threaten the future of the park and this unauthorised and indiscriminate trail building could lead to the loss of precious bushland. Done properly, in conjunction with the Cape Mountain Bikers, a system of mountain bike trails will be built in the area. These authorised trails will benefit the whole community and help preserveMeelupParkfor future generations."
A busy bee is being held with volunteers to close the illegal trail by raking and brushing. It is hoped that this will further discourage illegal trail building in the park. Please contact Mandy Polley if you would like to take part in this volunteer exercise.
Media enquiries and enquiries relating to volunteer work at the park can be directed to Environmental Officer, Mandy Polley 0450 901 884 or email email@example.com.