Petition launched to combat dirt bike destruction
27 February 2020
Wandong residents are calling on the Andrews Government to appropriately manage the impact illegal recreational motorbike riding is having on the local community.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan joined local resident Robert Jensen today to officially launch the petition, which urges to government to work with Mitchell Shire Council to minimise the environmental destruction of dirt bikes frequenting Affleck St and Dry Creek Rd.
Ms Ryan said the petition comes in response to the government’s failure to resolve the community’s concerns, leaving nearby landholders completely frustrated.
“For several years, residents living near the Mt Disappointment State Forest have lobbied both local and state governments to address the ongoing environmental destruction caused by illegal dirt bikes in the area however, no action has been taken to address their concerns,” Ms Ryan said.
“Dirt bikes being ridden in Affleck St and Dry Creek Rd in Wandong create significant noise for nearby residents with some arriving as early as 8am.
“Residents have asked council to work with Victoria Police to enforce a 50-60km/h sign to deter regular bike users frequenting the area however, these changes would mean substantial infrastructure improvements to comply with VicRoads’ requirements.”
Ms Ryan added that residents had now reached a bureaucratic impasse, given that the area falls into the jurisdiction of several agencies, including the Department of Water, Land and Planning.
“I have written to the Minister for Environment twice now and asked that she work with her department to resolve the impact recreational dirt biking is having on local residents,” Ms Ryan said.
“Instead of suggesting long term improvements, the Minister has deflected the issue back to local council even though her own department holds jurisdiction of the Mount Disappointment State Forest.
“Local residents are understandably frustrated that the government refuses to take action on the issue, particularly given the motorbike track’s proximity to residential housing.
“This petition requests that the Andrews Government work with local council to lower the speed limits on both Affleck St and Dry Creek Rd and increase police patrols to deter illegal dirt bike activity.”
Copies of the petition can be posted upon request by phoning Ms Ryan’s office on 5762 1600 or by emailing [email protected].
Pictured: Allen Hall, The Nationals Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, David Moran and Robert Jensen