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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Mountain bike management gears up with the release of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines

The Mountain Bike Working Group is pleased to release the draft Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines for public comment.

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in WA, and this document will provide the framework required to support both the mountain bike community and land managers in developing high quality new trails to meet this significant demand.

The primary aim of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines is to provide a well-defined framework to support the local mountain bike community and land managers develop trails that:

  • are of high quality
  • meet the requirements of riders of all abilities
  • are sustainable, providing long term enjoyment for users with minimal maintenance cost
  • are graded according to an internationally recognised system
  • able to provide for a range of MTB disciplines and skill levels
  • facilitate rapid upgrades and additions to existing networks
  • minimise impact to the natural environment in which they are located

The development of these guidelines was a community based project, facilitated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). A working group was established to develop a framework that meets the needs listed above, with representation from the mountain bike community, trail builders and relevant government entities.


This release is a chance for you to have your say, and ensure the document is able to meet the diverse needs of the WA mountain bike community.


The guidelines combine local experience and knowledge, with world’s best practice from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and consultants such as Dafydd Davis, the renowned trail guru responsible for the development of the legendary Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike park in Wales.

This document is also being tested `live` for the development of the Murray Valley, City of Cockburn’ Manning Park Mountain Bike Project, Margaret River Bramley National Park, Wellington National Park and Pemberton trails. This process will ensure practical feedback is also available to further refine the guidelines, and make them as relevant as possible to those who will use them.

Thank you to everyone involved for their time and effort in getting the guidelines to this stage.

Download the Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines consultation draft at http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/mountain-bike-guidelines-draft

Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment through the survey at http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/mountain-bike-guidelines-draft

The public consultation period will close on 18th September 2015.

WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines
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