Upgrade to eradicate rogues

Law-abiding local trail-bike riders Alison Pretzel, Darren Robertson, Sam Usher and Reece Garlett would appreciate an upgrade to off-road vehicle areas.
Law-abiding local trail-bike riders Alison Pretzel, Darren Robertson, Sam Usher and Reece Garlett would appreciate an upgrade to off-road vehicle areas.

His calls come a week after Environment Minister Albert Jacob announced a $600,000 upgrade to a popular motorcycle trail in Pinjar, north-east of Wanneroo.

The Family Trail in Pinjar included a grant of $555,794 from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, to make it safer for younger riders and families.

Mr Cook told the Courier that the lack of facilities in the Kwinana area contributed to illegal trail-bike riding at the off-road vehicle area, situated near the Thomas Road/Rockingham Road junction in Medina.

The land is owned by the State Government and managed by the City of Kwinana.

In September last year, Mr Cook called on the State Government to introduce the Back on Track Trail Bike Strategy, a plan to make registration of trail bikes mandatory. The funds raised from registration fees would be put back into maintaining off-road facilities.

‘This policy requires trail bikes to be registered and the proceeds used for creating off-road recreation areas,’ he said.

‘It’s safer and means that we will be able to get rogue trail-bike users off streets and foot paths.

‘Off-road trail bikes and vehicles deserve a place to carry out their sports and Kwinana has a site that is clearly identified as being an off-road vehicle area.’

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said they were not ruling out the possibility for future upgrades.

‘The city would certainly welcome a commitment from the State Government to redevelop its off-road vehicle site in Medina in order to better establish it as an effective regional facility,’ she said.