WAMBA's Response to Consultation Draft of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines

One of the more important documents currently under development is without doubt the Mountain Bike Guidelines, which will ultimately drive how all future mountain bike trails will be developed in this state. As such, I take a very strong personal interest in the content of this document and additionally have the fortune of representing the view of WAMBA and much of the mountain bike community, whom I have consulted to the best of my ability.

Firstly, WAMBA would like to acknowledge the ongoing and significant efforts of Parks and Wildlife (DPW), Department of Sport and Recreation, WestCycle, Local Governments, Mountain bike clubs and the individuals involved in the various project steering committees. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Mountain Bike Guidelines Working Group, facilitated by DPW, trail development protocols are now clearly defined. In parallel with this project, significant tracts of land suitable for the development of trails have also been identified through the various state and regional master plans. All of this has set a solid foundation for ongoing and future development of sustainable trails designed to meet a range of disciplines and capabilities. 

Secondly, WAMBA acknowledges that the approach being taken in the development of the Murray Valley, Bramley National Park, Wellington Mills and Pemberton sites, using the process outlined in the Guidelines, is a great way to test the process and provide additional refinements as required.

WAMBA have been involved in this project and fully supports the principle of the Guidelines. However, the current growth of all disciplines in Mountain Biking in this state (and globally) has ensured that additional focus has now been placed on the contents of this document.

WAMBA have also had several representatives on the steering committees for Perth Peel and South West Master Plans and as such have been heavily involved in their development.

It is WAMBA’s view that decisions made in this document, particularly in relation to land access, will have far reaching impacts on the land made available for trail development for years to come. For this reason the comments included in this submission are focused on Table 3 on page 21 of the draft document. The comments made also consider similar concerns of many in the broader mountain bike community that WAMBA have engaged with.

One issue that this table presents is that Downhill (DH) and Freeride (FR) disciplines are treated differently to the other disciplines listed. In our opinion, this gives the impression that they are not valued as highly and in turn may disengage a significant portion of the community, contributing to the continued development of informal or unsanctioned trails. 

Stating that DH and FR are `Not Compatible` with National Parks in this document will have the effect of ensuring that this remains the case for years to come. If there is a change in policy which increased that quantity of National Parks in the state, it would further reduce the land accessible to these disciplines.

WAMBA is not aware of any empirical evidence that suggests that DH or FR disciplines carry any additional risk to the environment. On this basis, it is our position that their compatibility with land tenures is equal to any other discipline of mountain biking. From a practical perspective, these trails have a much smaller footprint than Cross Country and All Mountain trails and can be built sustainably with minimal impact on the natural environment, using the tools described in the Guidelines.

In summary, the Guidelines outline a detailed and very thorough process for developing sustainable trails. The techniques described should allow trail types suited to any discipline to be built on any land type. WAMBA believe this is the greatest value in having the Mountain Bike Guidelines available to use. Restricting the application of the techniques described to only certain disciplines of mountain biking may undermine the value of the document.

WAMBA requests that the restrictions on disciplines be removed from the document. Instead, we ask that trail opportunities are considered in their own right, using the processes, tools and techniques described in the Guidelines, regardless of the discipline.

Ben Pruden

Chairperson of the Trails Access Management Council - WAMBA

WA Mountain Bike Guidelines 


Maintenance on Luvin Shovels, Kalamunda

State Govt Funding for WA Mountain Biking   


 State Govt Funding for WA Mountain Biking


WAMBA Welcomes Government's Funding to Implement WA Mountain Bike Strategy

  • $450,000 over 3 years to implement the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy
  • Employment of newly created Mountain Bike Project Manager role
  • Development of Implementation Steering Group

Today the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Mia Davies, announced a $450,000 funding agreement with WestCycle for the implementation of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy, which was launched in June. This will enable WestCycle and WAMBA to significantly progress mountain biking across the State with a focus on increased participation, tourism and marketing, which will ultimately lead to more trails on the ground. 

WAMBA said the State Government funding will support the continued growth of mountain biking in Western Australia.

"This is a result of a strong partnership between the mountain bike community and government stakeholders. WAMBA is now just one of many groups in the state who see the value that mountain biking brings to the wider community, and we are excited to be a key stakeholder in the WA Mountain Bike Strategy Implementation Steering Group, WAMBA President, Louise Wallace said."

WAMBA has also been a key stakeholder in the recruitment of a full time Mountain Bike Project Manager, who will drive the implementation of the strategy. A Steering Group will be formed to oversee the plan in the coming weeks, which will include representatives from WAMBA, WestCycle, Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Parks and Wildlife, and Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA)

We are extremely grateful for the support the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mia Davies MLA and the Department of Sport and Recreation consistently provide to mountain biking. 

And on another note, WA mountain biking has been represented on the world stage this weekend, with three athletes - Sam Hill (downhill), Jordan Prochyra (downhill) and Reece Tucknott (cross country), competing in the UCI world championships in Andorra. 

Photos: Left - Louise Wallace (WAMBA President), Jodie Stembridge (Westcycle Interim Mountain Bike Manager), Matt Fulton (Westcycle CEO), Sarah Smith (Westcycle outgoing Mountain Bike Development Officer) with Mia Davis MLA

Right - Mia Davis MLA talks with Louise Wallace and Nerys Eddy (female junior downhill). 

Congratulations to all the winners!!

2015 WA Downhill State Champs

  • Elite Male - Carl Pickersgill
  • Elite Women - Catherine Bonnet
  • Expert Male - Tim Ledger
  • Veteran Male - Nathan Symonds
  • Master Male - Chris Deeks
  • Sport Male - Marcus Haddon
  • Single Crown - Jimmy Pritchard
  • U19 - Jake Marshall
  • U17 - Declan O'Connor
  • U15 - Logan Wakeling
  • U13 - Gus Kyme

Head to the Results page (located under "State Series") for the full results.

Photographer: Kathy Carruthers

Four New Job Roles Open for Application at Westcycle

Western Australia Mountain Bike Strategy  Karri Cup, WA Start of the Trek50 Duo | Photographer: Jon Lloyd 
 Trail fairies working on Luvin Shovels, Kalamunda  WOW cover photo
  • Passionate about mountain biking and looking for a change of career? 
  • Do you have a strong understanding of the local WA mountain bike industry?
  • Put wheel to dirt on trails here, interstate and overseas?
  • Got the marketing &/ or commercial skills and experience to help WAMBA and Westcycle progress and promote key initiatives from the Western Australia Mountain Bike Strategy?

Here’s your opportunity to have a positive influence on the mountain biking industry in WA!

WAMBA has been working hard with the Department of Sport and Recreation and WestCycle in the last few years to secure two new paid mountain bike positions. Thanks to these important partnerships, these roles represent a significant injection of funding into the advancement of mountain biking in Western Australia within the next 12 months.

  • Mountain Bike Operations Manager
  • Mountain Bike Project Manager

Not only that . . . . . . . if you’ve been involved in high performance within mountain biking, or any other discipline/ sport, and want to be a part of defining the Western Australian High Performance plan and pathway for cycling, there’s a job waiting for you as well!

  • High Performance Manager

All the details can be found on the Westcycle website: http://www.westcycle.org.au/vacancies

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 04 September 2015.

Developing our future mountain bikers

Junior Development Camp Pemberton

Registrations for the MTBA Junior Development Camp being held on 6th - 9th October at Pemberton Mountain Bike Park are now open -https://www.registernow.com.au/mtba/ERegister.aspx?E=2671

This camp is not aimed at beginner or top elite riders, but U15 and U17 juniors who already ride/ race and want to improve their skills and knowledge of mountain biking (U19 riders will also be considered). The focus is on all types of riding, as past years have seen both XC and DH riders attend.

This is a great program from Mountain Bike Australia - MTBA to help grassroots junior development in WA.

More information can be found by downloading this document - Pemberton Junior Development Camp

For enquiries, email Rock and Roll Mountain Biking - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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