Probably as a result of some correspondence at the last meeting. These points are in the minutes for the previous meeting...FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK INCORPORATED
To be held on Thursday 23 April 2015 at 4pm at
Royal Area Meeting Room, Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park
Acknowledgement of Country.
Adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.
Seminars and Guest Speakers.
Sub-committee reports – if there have been any developments since the last meeting.
Proposed changes to the constitution.
5. 30pm General Business
6.00pm Close meeting
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Next General Meeting
Thursdays 24 June 2015 at 4pm.
Correspondence• From Paul Serena (16.11.14) concerned about mountain bike damage in Temptation Creek area.
• NPWS has commenced the development of a mountain bike strategy for Royal National Park. The plan extends from Heathcote to Temptation Creek. The plan will be completed by July 2015. An outcome of the plan is that some tracks will be closed, some upgraded.
2 Mountain bikes in the Royal
Ranger David Crofts told the meetings about the work that is underway with research and consultations connected with the planning and management of mountain bike activities and facilities in the Park. He said that $20,000 has been allocated this financial year to assess the situation and formulate responses for the Temptation Creek area. Some external correspondence about mountain bike activity has been received and will be tabled at the 26 February General Meeting.
im keen to help hopefully we can make more enduro/dh style trails cz the single tracks are getting boring and too easy!
SAVE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK TRAILS – if we don’t act SOON, we may lose access to many of the legal (and yet-to-be-legal) trails that many of our members and their families know and love.
What does ‘acting soon’ look like? Hint: it’s not participating in the echo-chamber of our own club Facebook page (although it’s nice to be able to vent our feelings to a friendly audience).
The opponents of MTB access – and there are many – are typically older, more politically savvy, and more patient than many of us. They don’t hang around on social media, they take time to find the right people to write to in both government and newspapers, and they send emails and letters en masse.
Right now, their voice to official and non-mtb channels is drowning out ours 10:1. That isn’t a turn of phrase, that is the figure that a public servant gave me this morning.
There are people out there who want to remove access to existing (legal) trails, and ensure the not-yet-legal trails are never legitimised. We need to act now to ensure that this does not happen.
Even if you don’t live locally or ride Royal National Park, you can show some solidarity with your fellow riders.
So, take 5-10 minutes to do something about it now.
Here’s the points system for various courses of action:
Posting on Facebook: *0 points*
Tweeting using hashtag #royalmtbriders: *1 point*
Actually emailing NPWS representative David Croft on David.Croft@environment.nsw.gov.au: *100,000 points*
Sending an email to Mark Speakman, NSW Minister for the Environment (and Member for Cronulla) via email@example.com: *200,000 points*
Signing the petition here https://www.change.org/p/david-croft-environment-nsw-gov-au…: *100,000 points*
As you can see, points are allocated on a usefulness-to-getting-an-outcome basis.
Note: writing inflammatory or insulting comments about the opposing side: 50% point deduction.
In your writing, you should talk about what riding means to you, why you love Royal NP, how much you care for the environment, and how much you want to see legitimate access provided to an expanded network of trails (or something like that). See Jason Donnellan's post on the other related thread for a good example of persuasive writing.
There you go, nice and easy – get to it, then come back here to post your total point score!
crank,i think we need to ask crofty his take on this...
as far as loosing access is concerned, i was under the impression that there was a (scope of works) type document/plan already?
but your right about the fact that, this type of group is more savvy
than your typical mtb'er.....
but it's also just one user group trying to push it's
(because we say it's right, its right ) ideology/mentality