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Where we stand – the good news and the bad news.

It’s been a big week for us here at MCC of NSW. It started with a meeting of the Elders of Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation to establish some background information relating to our trails. In a nutshell it doesn’t appear that there are any issues relating to where our trails go and any cultural heritage sites but it does need investigation and it’s something we will be pursuing as part of our process to ensure access for riders in the new State Conservation Area. Bear in mind that it may be that if any of our trails impinge on these areas we will have to move or close those trails. It is a sign of the respect that we want to show if we want to earn the same in response.

Next was the NPWS management team who have overriding authority over the Newnes plateau and Ben Bullen SF among other areas. The good news is that as long as you are licenced and riding a registered bike the status quo remains for the next 5 or 6 months. If your bike is unregistered and you are unlicenced our advice is to stay very far away. There will be compliance checks in operation and anyone caught will, hopefully, just be warned initially to get the word out but it is possible they could be fined.

As it stands there is no facility within the current NPWS stucture that permits motorised bikes (that means us) to access single track trails as we know them. The 4×4’s will have dedicated trails and we are welcome to ride those (watch out for the bullbars!) but single track is off limits. We have stated that will not work for us.

There is a draft proposal for MTB single track trails but they are mapped and monitored and have a management plan. The facts are unless we can provide a similar plan that meets all the criteria required by NPWS there will be no further access to single track in NPWS controlled forests. If, and it is a BIG “IF” we can develop a plan (yes we are working flat out on it now) and be able to present it to NPWS as a part of their overall management plan, AND they approve it then yes, we might be able to continue to ride. BUT, once this next 5 or 6 months pass we will no longer have free reign over our trails. Access to the forests will be controlled and we will be limited to approved trails.

Part of this process is for us to provide a map of our trails to NPWS who will then assess them for manageability (this will be done with our input so it is not totally one-sided) and that covers environmental impacts, maintenance, location, sustainability, etc. As part of our contribution we will need to provide a methodology of how we can be a part of that ongoing trail management – this is where you put your hands up! We have been quite forceful about the need for them to compromise but they are limited to the current conditions of operation within the beauracracy – it is our job to change that.

The future…. Whatever we achieve, or fail to achieve here, will effect all future areas that NPWS has under its authority.

Stay tuned!
MCC of NSW Trailriders Committee.

Ben Bullen SF booked out on 20/21 Nov

An Orienteering event in the Ben Bullen State Forest on 20 & 21 Nov has been booked and will have a range of people running and walking in the forest over the weekend. Mostly from 12 noon on Sat in the northern part and in the earlier part of the day in the southern section on Sunday.  We’ll have a small group demobilising on Sunday afternoon.  There will be kids as young as 10 up to people in their 80’s in the forest. 

Contact for this event is John Fuller – 0419 629 212

The forest may be closed for this so avoid riding here if you can.


Happy Valley Rock Bridge access road

Ben Bullen SF Update

A recent meeting with the MCC of NSW representative, Local Land Services, Forestry Corp and the Lithgow Environment Group was conducted to work out a way to protect Long Swamp from further damage.

With the loss of the only viable access bridge across the Cox’s River headwaters during the 2020 fires meant 4×4’s and bike riders have been transiting the swamp to reach the southern side. Clearly the damage this is causing to a very historic and endangered swamp area is not ideal so the meeting was an opportunity for us to work out just where in the “plan” us riders fit.

The new bridge is a long-term project so an alternate route has been determined that will provided a much better route for both 4×4’s and bikes and the current crossing near what was once the bridge will be blocked. Currently the suggested site is covered by water to a depth of 20cm but it will be lifted and leveled.  This should eliminate any need to go off-trail.

FYI Ben Bullen SF is currently closed so be aware that you should not be riding in there in any case. While this project is rolling out there is expected to be increased ranger and police presences. The entry gate is sign-posted as no entry so please obey them.  The risk is a fine around $2000…

Long Swamp needs action

During the Summer 2020 fires one of the bridges over the Cox’s River at Ben Bullen State Forest was destroyed forcing forest users transit the swamp.

This particular swamp is a priority due to its size and importance to the local environment and anything we as riders can do to avoid it is much appreciated by the LLS and Forestry Corp. The plan is to have bridge repairs done as soon as possible so the swamp can be restored.  It will be nice because we would then not have to get our bikes covered in mud. Pensioner Express Trailriders (Facebook group) is playing an active part on behalf of riders to help identify areas that us riders can easily avoid so that areas at risk can be regenerated.