Park Rangers pleased with national park trailbikers

Friday 17 May, 2019

More trailbikers have been spotted doing the right thing in the Great Otway National Park, encouraging Park Rangers that their conservation and compliance efforts are having an impact.

During a compliance operation in April, Park Rangers and officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), found that most trailbikers were riding on formed tracks.

Off-road riding in a national park is not only an offence that attracts a fine of up to $806, it is an activity that damages the environment, endangers wildlife and can put other park visitors at risk.

Around 70 riders were stopped over the ANZAC Day long weekend, with just four receiving infringement notices for being off-road. This compares to similar operations last year when more than 50 riders were caught riding illegally.

With half-a-dozen authorised officers on trailbikes, the operation also identified nine people riding without a licence and eight who had unregistered bikes, matters that will be further investigated by Victoria Police.

While out in the national park, Rangers also issued three fines for illegal camping that totalled $966, and an infringement notice for $806 for an illegal fire.

Trailbike riding is generally permitted within many state forests and parks, however riders must remain on designated vehicle tracks. Some tracks are closed to the public at some locations and riders should check local regulations and obey signs to ensure they are doing the right thing.

For further information about trailbike riding on public land, visit Mountain Biking.

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