WA State Trails Conference
The 2012 WA State Trails Conference was held at the University of WA on the 25th of May. The talks were held at various locations on campus, making sure we got our 15 minutes of exercise for the day by walking between the various venues. With close to 200 delegates in attendance, it was by far the largest State Trails Conference yet.
International guest speaker Dafydd Davies
was the star attraction for the day. He talked about sustainable trails, planning, frame work and using trails to connect people to nature. He used examples from his own experience of projects around the world to get his ideas and messages across. For the rest of the day people were heard quoting Dafydd’s sayings in their conversations with “sustainability” the word of the day. His presence at the conference and the work he is doing in the state at this time will leave an everlasting effect on the professionalism of trails for decades.
The breakout session after morning tea gave people the opportunity to listen to a speaker of their choice. The trails hub report was the highest attended session, with standing room only. An update of the trail hub planning was given as well as an explanation of what it is about and how it’s progressing. This is a ground breaking project for trail tourism in WA.
Lunch gave us the first chance for some networking and to catch up and discuss the day so far, or just to meet with friends in the business.
The afternoon session started with the Kalamunda Circuit mountain bike trail presentation by Jake Hannah and Murray Wynne to a packed room. They gave us a run down on the history of the trail and some foresight into future plans that will give Perth a complete quality trail system on its door step worthy of the 2 million people that live there. The horse riders were next, being represented by ATHRA, giving us a run down of their organisation and how they are advancing the network of horse trails. Rounding out the day was a question time with Dafydd again taking questions from the audience.
As always the sundowner ended the day with some informal networking which leads to some of the most important talks between the cream of the trail advocates in the state. It’s been noted that there has been a drop in numbers from the walking community over the years, which has been summarised by the fact they already have enough walking trails. This year’s state trails conference was overwhelming weighted by the mountain bike sector which shows the demand is here now and the way forward is strong and healthy with every sector of the government helping pave the way for sustainable trails.
WA mountain bike clubs and associations were represented by advocates from WAMBA, SWMTB Club, Cape Club, Collie MTB Club, Albany and the Munda Biddi Foundation.
The state trails conference was a success for mountain biking WA.
You can view the presentation that Murray and Jake gave at either of the links below:
Kalamunda_Circuit.ppsx (13.8 MB)
Kalamunda_Circuit.pdf (6.1 MB)
SW Mountain Bike Club Update
The SW MTB Club is proud to announce the grant for the SW Strategic plan has been approved to a value of $85,000. This has been the results of 2 1/2 years work by the SW clubs and DEC which has led to spin offs with a WA strategic plan and WA sustainable trails plan. Westcycle are handling the funding arrangements along with the scope documents which are being currently detailed. This planning document will lay the framework for access to land for mountain biking in the SW for the future. WA may have lagged behind in regards to the rest of Australia with regards to mtb trail access, but we are catching up with a chance to overtake and become the leaders.
In more great news, DEC have appointed a new ranger to help streamline mountain biking for the Wellington District. The SW MTB club and Collie MTB club now have access to a DEC staff who will have a major role dealing with mtb specific trails. Stephanie has joined DEC as a Ranger and will take the place of Ryan Boylan who moved back to the states 3 years ago. Having Stephanie on board will allow a more streamlined process in the dealing of trail approvals and mtb clubs in regards to the Wellington DEC district.
KC Trail Building Day a Huge Success
Last Sunday 31 people came out to help maintain the Kalamunda Circuit, our best turnout ever. An additional 154 volunteer hours were logged to bring the total to 1634 hours worked by volunteers to build and maintain this great trail.
The trail builders split in to four teams; three teams working on the Camakazi and one team modifying Mercury Street. From all reports there was good outcomes by all teams. Some new berms, modified berms, modified trail alignment, rock overs and drop offs. Thanks to Paddy, Cam and Lindsay for supervising the teams and thanks to the volunteers because with your help the Kalamunda Circuit just keeps getting better.
After we finished work we had a sausage sizzle at the Calamunnda Camels and the sausages were perfectly cooked by Lucy and Steve .Thanks to Chris at the Camels for the use of their facilities.
The next Trail Building day will be on Sunday the 3rd of June when you will have the choice of helping Murray install a new ladder on The Lancaster or cut the first line on the new Black trail with Lindsay. Meet at the Dell at 8am for either build. Please send your name to email@example.com
if you are going to attend.
Munda Biddi Trail Open from Albany to Denmark
The Munda Biddi Trail is now ready to ride from Albany to Denmark. There was about 100 people at the opening in Denmark on Sunday 20th May and the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation had a couple of rides of different skill levels up to 24 kilometres long to the Hay River heading towards Albany and return. The trail uses the Denmark to Nornalup Rail Trail for a while and it is such a scenic route with awesome veiws of the inlet and beaches. It is a great trail for the family around here with the whole section from Albany to Denmark being fairly flat.
We look forward to the completion of the Munda Biddi Trail from Mundaring To Albany in the near future.