Rogue riders cause havoc
MEMBERS of the Fraser Coast branch of the Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association have worked hard to establish their good reputation.
So when rogue trailbike riders returned to privately owned land without permission and marked the tracks with bright blue paint, association spokesman Ken Allen was fuming.
“We go out of our way to do the right thing,” he said.
“Some riders have gotten to know our tracks and have gone and spray painted arrows and markings over the trees – the markings are in forestry, leased forestry and privately owned land in the St Mary's forest area.
“We use GPS to navigate around our tracks – we never mark tracks.
“Now the tracks are marked anyone can go out there and tear around the bush and become a nuisance.
“The tracks can get over-used or ridden on in wet conditions and people are entering private property uninvited.
“We as a club will now have to go out and un-mark the tracks and try to undo some of the damage that has been done.”
The association has been going for 12 years in the Fraser Coast region and has about 150 members.
It has organised rides once a month.
Most of the rides are conducted in forestry but tracks do go through leased forest and private property, for which the association acquires permits.
All members are licensed and have registered motorbikes.
There is also a big focus on safety.
“We carry EPIRBs, radios and medical kits,” Ken said.
“The club represents trailbike riders and we campaign to keep tracks open.
“A lot of tracks in NSW have been closed to trailbike riders and we are aware that can happen here and we're trying to avoid that.
“Our membership fees go towards keeping these tracks open and what these people are doing is harming us so much.”
Anyone with information about the trespassing or the damage of the trees can call police.
Motorbike riders interested in joining the DSMRA – and going in the draw to win a new motorbike – can call Ken on 4122 3131.