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Back on Track - The State Trail Bike Strategy

The Client(s)

This project was funded by the Departments of Sport and Recreation, Environment and Conservation, Planning and Infrastructure, Local Government and Regional Development and the WA Planning Commission.

The Project

This Strategy proposes a framework for planning and managing recreational trail bike riding on public and private lands and for coordinating cooperation between the relevant State Government agencies, local communities, local government and recreational trail bike riders.  It has been developed to provide a coordinated approach driven by an overall vision.

See the official State Trail Bike Strategy web site.

The objectives are to:

  • Develop a systems approach, rather than a series of disconnected strategies
  • Align the interests of ORV users, other trails users, land managers and the broader community
  • Reduce the levels of community concern and complaint
  • Reduce the incidence of environmental impact attributable to ORV use
  • Reduce injuries attributable to ORV use
  • Foster behaviour change amongst trail bike riders
  • Maximise economic, health and social benefits attributable to ORV use
  • Provide for long term sustainability

The Strategy encompasses land planning, legislative, social, environmental, management, compliance, enforcement and education factors.

The project had 3 key phases from June to October 2007.

1. Desktop research
Many dozens of research papers, documents and online databases addressing this issue from around the world and within Australia were reviewed, assimilated and distilled. International and Australian best practice was examined as well as the current Western Australian situation.

2. Stakeholder consultation and engagement
The project entailed extensive ‘joint problem solving’ consultation with each stakeholder group to identify the issues and explore potential solutions. This involved numerous face to face meetings, presentations to special interest groups, teleconferences and the receipt of written submissions from interested parties.

The Communication Program informed the community and target groups about the project and advised opportunities for involvement. This included newspaper articles, riding site visits, attendance at riding events, linkages from government websites and relevant trail riding community websites, promotion in trail riding online forums, attendance at trails seminars, emails to environmental groups and promotion to local government authorities.

In addition there were two online surveys, one for trail bike riders and one for the general community, where almost 1,400 respondents provided their information, views and concerns over a 3 month period.

3. Documentation of the Strategy
Information from the desktop research, consultations, surveys and the consultants own knowledge and experience with this issue – along with some 98 recommended solutions in 6 Key Focus Areas, were documented in the strategy report. 

A fourth phase was then instigated:

4. Public Comment
The documentation was made available via a feedback website, emails were sent to all stakeholder participants and survey responders and an online feedback mechanism has been provided. That process concluded in April, 2008.

Dates

This project was commenced on 25th May, 2007 with the draft strategy completed at the end of October, presented to key government stakeholders on November 15 and released for public comment on December 10th. Given the complex nature of this project and the amount of work undertaken – a 5 month delivery cycle was ambitious yet achieved.

The Outcomes

The State Trail Bike Strategy was delivered on time and on budget and has received a very favourable response from the project sponsors and stakeholders. All KPI’s, as required by the Department of Sport and Recreation for its funded projects, were met and the funding acquittal was signed off by the Department indicating acceptance of the project completion.

The State Government, facilitated by the Department of Sport and Recreation has established a Joint Agency Implementation Committee (JAIC) to review the recommendations for future action.

Current Project

Trail Bike Management has conducted a Financial Analysis of the recommendations of the State Trail Bike Strategy. This will result in a budget submission to Cabinet, acceptance of the strategy and an implementation plan to move forward.

See the official State Trail Bike Strategy web site.


Trail Bike Management Australia Pty Ltd   *  PO Box 273 DARLINGTON  Western Australia  6070  *  Tel: 61 412 921 221    *  Fax: +61 8 6210 1398