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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A number of mountain bike project across the state have recently been awarded LotteryWest trails grants. These include:
  • $100,000 to Cape Mountain bikers for trails at Meelup
  • $25,000 to Pemberton Visitors centre  Longshanks/Drobear trail at Pemberton Mountain Bike Park
  • $64,281 to Shire of Manjimup for construction of a bridge over the Donnelly River for the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Track
  • $71,940 to City of Busselton for the extension of the Busselton/Augusta Railtrail
  • $81,000 to Shire of Augusta Margaret River for the extension of Busselton/Augusta Railtrail
  • $65,000 to Cape to Cape track for a dual use trail along the Margaret River

On behalf of the clubs involved and mountain bikers across the state, WAMBA would like to thank LotteryWest and DSR for their continued support for trails in Western Australia.

Photo: Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

WAMBA are calling for nominations for the steering committee to guide the Perth-Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan.

If you have experience in mountain biking in WA, a vision for the bigger picture, and the time to commit to this important project, please consider nominating for a volunteer role on the Perth Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan steering committee. 

All of our affiliated clubs and groups in the Perth Peel region have been asked to nominate individuals for a role. If you want to know more, see the Perth-Peel Master Plan page on the WAMBA website, or get in touch with your club.

Even if you are not selected, all clubs and groups and individuals will have the opportunity to have their input during the extensive consultation period at the commencement of the project so everyone will have the opportunity to provide valuable input.

There have been changes afoot at MTBA, the national governing body for mountain biking in Australia. Flow Mountain Bike recently interviewed the new CEO, Shane Coppin, to gain a clearer understanding of MTBA's new pragmatic approach to the sport in all areas and the future of IMBA-Aus.

Click here to read the interview.

The 2014 State Trails Conference was again a successful day. Over 200 delegates from around the state and nationally attended the day.

Mountain biking was supported by Westcycle, WAMBA, Perth Hills, South West and great southern Regions. This years conference had more more content for the mtb trails than before which shows the current upward trend is being taken seriously at all levels.

Ian Humphrey’s presentation about the Kalamunda Collective gave great insight into the work done by volunteers and the hard work it in involves.

Dave Marshall gave a presentation in one of the breakout sessions on the latest news from Albany.

Sarah Smith presented the WA MTB Strategy and the importance of how it fits into the top down process to govern and take MTB planning into the final stages.

Dave Wilcox gave a detailed presentation on the SW Master Plan, giving examples of good and bad planning practices from across the world and how they relate to the SW planning document.

These two documents were released just before the state trails conference to add to discussion for the mtb sector.

The Day finished with a sundowner where the all important networking between delegates opened up conversation to bounce around ideas and catch up with friends in the trails industry.

John Wallace

South West Mountain Bike Master Plan

WestCycle is pleased to advise that the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is now open for public comment.

The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is the first regional master plan to be developed out of the recommendations of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy.  Funded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and a grant from Lotterywest, the Master Plan has been developed to help forge a path for one of the world’s fastest growing recreational and tourism activities.

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