West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) is the state representative body for the West Australian mountain bike community.

A volunteer organisation, WAMBA works collaboratively with key stakeholders to identify, develop and sustain mountain bike experiences in Western Australia.

And also acts as a resource for clubs looking for help on trail advocacy and grants, and co-ordinates the racing calendar.

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The passion shown by the community over the past week and the clear desire to drive change has been incredible to see. . .

As reported in The West Australian last week, trail rehabilitation works done by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) in the Kalamunda Valley caused outrage within the mountain bike community - A crackdown on illegal trails causes anger amoung mountain-bikers

WAMBA had a great meeting with the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective (KMBC) on Wednesday night and despite the problems over the last week, we see a lot of positives that can come out of this situation as we move forward. The passion shown by the community over the past week and the clear desire to drive change has been incredible to see and in most cases, is a credit to our community. 

Much has been said about the consultation that did or did not occur ahead of the rehabilitation works in the Valley. WAMBA maintains that the contact made by DBCA via the Association’s President Alex Wade on 31 May 2018 fell well short of “consultation” or even formal “advice”.  WAMBA requested more information from DBCA on 1 June 2018, so that the community could be properly informed of the intended works and the reasons for it. That information was not provided before the rehabilitation works were completed. WAMBA, DBCA and WestCycle are working to ensure this does not happen in the future.  

As much as our community does not like to see trails removed, DBCA is the land manager for much of the area where the trails are located. They have the responsibility to manage those lands and take out works as required. WAMBA has and will continue to lobby DBCA and others, so that existing trails remain and that new trails can be developed over time.

We also have to acknowledge, that based on the feedback shared on various forums, WAMBA is not doing enough to keep you all informed of what we do. As such, we are committed to providing more visibility on what we do for mountain biking. As a small group of volunteers we would appreciate any additional support that you, as an individual and as a community, are able to provide to help us do this.

To start things off, here are a few key things the committee has been working on over the past few months:

  • Policy 13: WAMBA has also been actively engaged in high level lobbying in relation to the review process, and is currently working on a response to the policy redraft. During earlier discussions, we were focussed on making sure that it was clearly understood that unsanctioned trails were an indication of the demand within the community.  Now that the initial consultation has concluded and draft policy has been released for stakeholder comment, our key focus is on ensuring that government’s obligation to grow the trail network outside of water catchment areas is recognised in the revised Policy. We are also focussing on making sure that the Policy is clear and easy to interpret. 
  • Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park: WAMBA is represented on the Steering Committee that manages the Goat Farm Redevelopment. The Concept plan is in the final stages of completion and will be released shortly. The Steering Committee is currently working on the grant application with Lotterywest to secure funding to move on to the next stage of the process - corridor evaluation and detailed design.
  • Jarrahadale, Turner Hill and Marrinup Reinvigoration: WAMBA is working with Southern Hills Mountain Bikers at Jarrahdale, Turner Hill and Marrinup. Work is moving forward on signage and repair of Yellow Brick Road at Jarrahdale as a priority, and sponsorship options are being explored for these trails. There is a maintenance day this Sunday at Marrinup and another planned for Jarrahdale in July.  Please visit the Southern Hills Mountain Bikers Facebook page if you want more information or would like to lend a hand  - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1422600544622675/.

We are also pleased to advise that Parks and Wildlife have commenced preliminary works at Lane Pool in the Murray Valley.  These are important precursor works for the trails planned for that area. 

As we move forward, WAMBA intends to provide a monthly newsletter to summarise what’s going in our community. We would love some help compiling and publishing this document, so please get in touch on via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can spare a few hours a month to support this critical activity.

We also have our AGM on Tuesday 30 October 2018 and would love more volunteers to join the committee and help the Mountain Bike community get what we so desperately need - more trails. We all have a role to play in this.

Finally, on Friday WestCycle released a statement titled “The Future of Mountain Bike Trails in Western Australia” (https://westcycle.org.au/future-of-mountain-bike-trails/).  It is targeted at government and points out that the political decision-makers have plans on their desks to approve for more than 200km of trails in the Perth Hills alone. Let’s keep the pressure on our departments and ministers by writing letters, sending emails and demanding action on those approvals - not only for the Perth Hills, but across the state.

 

Break the Boundary is putting the call out for a couple of MTB mechanics who can donate basic components and spare a few hours each month to help maintain their adaptive bikes, so they can continue to meet their objectives and service the community.

The organisation has been successfully operating as the only community group that helps Australians with a disability live a healthier and happier life through adaptive off-road cycling. And from that success, the demand for more programs, events and clinics continues to increase and therefore they need to expand.

If you're interested in being part of the Break the Boundary team, email Andrew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE for more details. 

 

Recently there has been a deal of social media comment about the effectiveness (or lack of) of WAMBA and of WestCycle.  Much of this comment appears to be born from ignorance and we hope that this open letter will help the community understand WAMBA’s role and focus:

WAMBA is recognised by the State Government as being the state sporting association for mountain biking and our constitution says that our mission is “to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to identify, develop and sustain mountain bike experiences in Western Australia”.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries currently provides funding to WAMBA to help us realise our objectives and to implement the State Mountain Biking Strategy. That funding supports WestCycle’s Mountain Bike Development Manager – Peta Demidenko - whose sole purpose is support mountain-biking in WA.  It also allows WestCycle to:

  • lobby government on behalf of the riding community;
  • support a junior high-performance development program for mountain biking;
  • to support clubs; and
  • promote mountain biking

The achievements of WAMBA since this arrangement was implemented have been, frankly, outstanding and a credit to the tireless efforts of the volunteers who make up the committee and to the people within WestCycle who put in a massive effort on our behalf. 

Click here to read the entire letter. 

Time to start planning for next year!

Yet again it's set to be another cracking year of racing with a jam packed 2018 season across all disciplines.

A massive THANK YOU to Dean Wright for once again coordinating the calendar on behalf of WAMBA and the WA mountain bike community - it's not an easy job, but a vital one.

Thank you to all the race organisers for their assistance, commitment to mountain biking in WA and patience in the preparation of the calendar.

And thank you to Bryan Stevenson for doing the graphics.

Head to the Event Calendar tab to find the Full Race Calendar and download a printable PDF version - http://www.wamba.org.au/index.php/events/full-calendar

The online Event Calendar will shortly be populated with all the details of these races and all the other MTB events happening next year. Check it out in early 2018. 

The draft standard for Mountain Biking & Cycle Touring for the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (Australian AAS) has just been released for public comment. All members of the outdoors community can have their say about this activity standard by visiting yoursay.australianaas.org.au/mt-bike-cycle-touring/

Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) are industry best practice guidelines used to manage risk and safety across a wide range of outdoor adventure activities. They are designed to be used by skilled outdoor leaders who are responsible for participants in these activities.
 
The draft standard is available to download or readable online via the website. Feedback submissions can be lodged via the websites submission forms. These include general impressions, as well the opportunity to provide detailed and specific feedback on any piece of content or section.
 
Feedback submissions will close on the 9.00am (AEDT) 9th October 2017.
 
Have your say by:

Find out more about the Australian AAS, go to www.australianaas.org.au
 

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