Areas for off-road use identified

Riders may soon be able to enjoy legal off-road facilities.
Riders may soon be able to enjoy legal off-road facilities.

THE Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC) has identified three possible areas for gazetted off-road use north of Perth, with two near Geraldton and another near Jurien Bay.

A NACC statement said there was a need for such areas as many off-road vehicle riders approached by rangers expressed frustration at the lack of legal riding facilities along its coast.

“Development of well-planned and managed off-road vehicle areas will provide safe and enjoyable riding experiences for families and riders alike,” coastal and marine program co-ordinator Mic Payne said.

“While off-road vehicle areas are not the entire management solution to the problem, they are a big step in the right direction.”

A NACC feasibility study identified the possible sites and clarified legal issues. The next step now is for the council to work with local governments to develop at least one of those sites.

However the statement said issues such as public liability insurance, resource limitations, ongoing site management and Aboriginal heritage needed to be addressed.

“A good facility development model, such as the Pinjar off-road vehicle area, will go a long way to addressing many of those issues,” Dr Payne said.

To read the full report, visit www.narvis.com.au.