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We're Riders Too!
And working for you!

If you want someone to get things done, then it’s best if you have passionate supporters on your side, especially if they know exactly what the situation is.

We’re riders and have been faced with exactly the same problems you have, and we’re doing something about it!

We are working with land managers to reduce the environmental impacts of trail riding so as to preserve trails for the future. In doing this we will develop a NSW Trail Bike strategic plan with input from riders and stakeholders such as NSW Police , Forestry Corp, Local Lands Service and the Office of Sport to enable trail management and a long-term partnership into the future.

Vision Statement

That trail and adventure riding is acknowledged and supported by Government, land managers and the general community as a legal, legitimate, healthy, environmentally sustainable, and active recreational activity.

Mission Statement

To collaborate with Government, land managers, and stakeholders to find solutions to challenges of shared land use, including promoting environmentally responsible riding in bushland , and to maximise opportunities that reaffirm the benefits of trail and adventure bike riding.

Increasing development and the exclusion of dirt bike riders from areas around the state’s major population centres has left riders with very few areas to ride. This is resulting in increasing illegal, irresponsible and inconsiderate use of dirt bikes in semi-rural and urban areas. and riders venturing into more rugged and remote terrain.

This leads to:

  • Nuisance to the wider community.
  • Increased noise pollution in urban areas.
  • Increased conflict with other land users and enforcement agencies.
  • Increasing risk of physical danger of collisions between trail riders, 4 x4s and pedestrians in bushland and urban areas.
  • Unnecessary environmental damage due to overcrowding and overuse of the limited available areas to ride trail bikes.
  • Increasing community negativity toward, and stereotyping of all dirt bike riders, rather than the antisocial offending small minority

Enforcement as a sole means of managing the above issues is doomed to failure and only exacerbates the problems. Riders, government, land managers and the dirt bike industry need to work cooperatively to overcome the problems and create workable solutions for all stakeholders.

What riders can do:

  • Be considerate of other land users, neighbours, etc
    Be considerate of the bush environment and any local environmental sensitivities.
  • Educate yourselves on how to ride in a more environmentally sensitive and responsible way by avoiding spinning rear wheels in low traction terrain.
  • Understand and obey the laws governing riding dirt bikes on public and private land Act and ride in ways that minimise disturbance to other s people and animals.
  • Wash bikes, gear, trailers etc after each ride/trip to minimise transfer of weeds and disease between different areas that you ride in.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and protective gear.
  • Participate in government planning processes via public submissions

What Government agencies and land managers can/are obliged to do:

  • Accept that their policy decisions have helped created the some of the significant problems.
  • Provide adequate appropriate areas for the legal and legitimate use of dirt bikes.
  • Facilitate the maintenance of sustainable tracks, trails and riding areas for both registerable and non-registerable bikes.
  • Consult with rider groups.
  • Develop consistent signposting for tracks and trails on public lands.
  • Install signs warning against illegal dirt bike use where appropriate.
  • Put rider education, rider & community safety coupled with appropriate access to public lands must ascend above enforcement as desirable Government policy goals.
  • Provide safe environments for children to ride mini-bikes

What the dirt bike industry (importers, dealers, magazines, etc) can do:

  • Educate riders regarding where bikes can and cannot be ridden legally.
  • Encourage responsible riding and consideration of others.
  • Educate riders regarding protective riding gear.
  • Discourage the use of poor quality ‘toy’ mini-bikes

Meet the Committee


Bob Madell


Brian Wood

Committee Members:

Adrian Bois
Bradley Boyling
Christian Gibson
Glenn Alderton
Hugh Robinson
Michael Piestrzynski
Paul Seymour
PJ Collins
Steve Donkers
Tim Chadwick-Cocks
Tim Clarke
Daniel Labas
Stephen Hopper

Outdoors NSW & ACT , MCC NSW, FCAI Trail Bike Sub-Committee Charter – to develop a 3 year NSW Trail Bike Strategic Plan

Committee Members

Martin Burney – Current president of ONSWACT, a voluntary position. I have a signifcant background in outdoor education and Risk management . I have managed the risk of outdoor programs in Victoria , Malaysia , QLD and NSW. I have a good understanding of the sector and the impact of motorcycles. I have a strong history of lobbying for access of outdoor pursuits and providing evidence for this community need.

Colin Robinson – Colin is employed by the Office of Sport as an Executive Director, Northern Region. I have a strong understanding of state government systems and the outdoor industry as someone who manages a region in NSW for the Office of Sport NSW.

Lori Modde – CEO of Outdoors NSW ACT and will be guiding the sub-committee and assisting with the action plan. I have a Marketing / operation of Associations, State government and local government experience.. A large potential area of opportunity is local government and aligning with greater Outdoors NSW ACT activities to capitalize on existing and growing partnerships.

Brian Wood – rider for 50 years – road and dirt. I have been a delegate to Motorcycle NSW for 20 years. Whilst the Motorcycle Council is mainly a on road focus , we have always had a dirt bike interest as well , we have reignited the Trail Bike sub-committee this year and aim to develop a NSW strategic plan.

Rhys Griffiths – Australian Motorcycle Manager of the FCAI, Federal  Chamber of Automotive Industries, I represent  motorcycle manufacturers. I am a  lifetime rider, transitioned from road to dirt in the 90’s after a successful career in superbike racing and working for Honda Australia. I completed the Finke Desert race plus other adventure bike rides including Canning stock route. I worked with Roger Pitt, a trail bike researcher  at Federal level. I have extensive knowledge of the Victorian Trail Bike areas and the Rec Rego system, I am based in Victoria.