Project Background
ORVs & Study Area
The Map
Call for Submissions
Evaluation Process

The Background

Western Australia is experiencing rapid growth in the popularity of Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use. Sales of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes increased by 67% between 2004 and 2008 and it is estimated that around 50,000 trail bikes exist and are ridden in WA.
Off-road four wheel driving is also a popular and growing recreational activity with just one of several online forums claiming over 3,000 members.

With this rapidly growing recreational activity there is an equally rapid urban spread, bringing residential areas into close proximity to ‘traditional’ ORV trails and areas. In the Perth Hills region, available land for ORV use is further reduced with the exclusion of water catchment and dieback/disease risk areas.
The lack of designated areas, and the confusion around where ORV activity can and cannot occur, has contributed to a proliferation of unofficial, and often illegal, riding and driving areas. These are causing increasing community concern over environmental damage, noise, safety and general nuisance.

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in partnership with the Department of Water, Department of Local Government, City of Swan, City of Armadale, Water Corporation, Recreational Trail Bike Riders Association, WA Four Wheel Drive Association and Trackcare WA formed a steering group to look at this issue, along the Darling Range between the Swan Valley and Collie.

The steering group has commissioned the preparation of an off-road vehicle regional land use planning study, with the aim of identifying lands that may be suitable for ORV trails and areas, through a process of consultation, constraints mapping and field inspections. It is hoped that this study will ultimately provide clarity regarding where ORV activity could be permitted and appropriate facilities developed, and where it is not permitted.
Trail Bike Management Australia has been appointed by DEC to undertake this study on behalf of the steering group.

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