Minister queried on trail bike strategy

As the strategy involves registration, licensing, enforcement, education and maintenance, implementation depends on at least five departments.

A central pillar is enforced point-of-sale registration to help identify offenders.

In response to a question from Collie MLA Mick Murray, Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said in Parliament in August that there was ‘some pushback’ on the registration issue and some of the figures espousing the strategy had not added up.

He said the Department of Transport was doing more work on these, however, and would get back to him as soon as possible.

The registration issue had ‘gone on a bit’ but there was ‘no point rushing’, he said.

Mr Murray replied: ‘The issue has been around since 2007; the Minister is certainly not rushing.’

When asked how the registration issue was going, a Department of Transport spokeswoman said: ‘A proposal on the State Trail Bike Strategy is being progressed across a number of portfolios.’

Another strategy component involves upgrading areas such as the Flint block of State forest, east of Byford, which the Department of Local Government can then declare a legal off-road-vehicle area as has been done in Pinjar and Gnangara.

A Department of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said the Department was co-ordinating Flint block clean- ups with the Recreational Trailbike Riders Association of WA (RTRA) and liaising with government and non-government agencies about its development.

RTRA president Steve Pretzel said development could not go ahead until the Department of Local Government reconstituted an off-road vehicles advisory committee.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said it was ‘premature to discuss’ the disbanding or reformation of the committee.