Funding for bush common fence

The track on the Tumut Bush Common will be fenced to block access to motorbikes and 4WDs.

It’s been over a year in the making, but finally something is being done about motorbike riders in the Tumut Bush Common harassing residents.

Funding has been secured by the Department of Primary Industries for a fence blocking off access for motorbikes in the section of the Common bordering residents’ houses.

The Common is public land, the responsibility of NSW Department of Industry – Crown Lands, and there will still be pedestrian access for the general public.

However, bikes and 4WDs will be prevented from entering via a triangular arrangement of 35cm gaps, which will allow people through but not wheels. There will also be limited access to padlocks that guard the gates.

The fence is a solution worked towards by Crown Lands, Tumut Police, Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, Snowy Valleys Council, the Forestry Corporation, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Tumut Fire and Rescue, who have attended meetings to try and solve the problem since February.

Most importantly, it will hopefully provide some respite for residents from motorbike riders creating constant noise and dust, throwing rocks at their property, verbally harassing them, kicking in their back fences, breaking windows, and stealing ornaments and fuel.

They first met to try and solve the problem on September 3 last year, and it’s been a long road since then.

While the fence was being negotiated, Tumut Police also increased their presence around the Common, with several charges laid to unregistered motorbike riders this year.

At a February meeting to address the issue, Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire said there was a big difference between recreational riders and 4WD vehicles, and hoodlums who take pleasure in harassing others.

“This problem, sadly, is not unique to Tumut. It’s happening in towns across NSW,” he said.

“I sympathise with you; there is nothing worse than being terrorised like this. I’ve been through it myself.”