Residents wait patiently for resolution to trail bike plight

Residents say illegal trail bike riders use this path that neighbours their back fences as a racetrack, creating excessive noise and dust.

Members of the ‘Ride on and Respect’ (ROAR) action group have been left feeling disappointed after a lack of follow-up regarding illegal bike riders in the Bush Common.

Residents were invited to an inter-agency meeting involving Tumut police, Snowy Valleys Council, the Forestry Corporation, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire, and others, in February.

This was supposed to be an introductory meeting for a regular action group, and residents were told the group would meet again in about two weeks to continue their strategies to halt the illegal riding.

That was on February 9, and there hasn’t been another meeting since.

“Why didn’t we have another meeting two weeks afterwards like we were promised?” said one resident, who asked to remain anonymous.

“If you’re going to set up a committee you’ve got to follow through.

“Informally we have gained information from the Lands Office regarding their intentions to resolve the problem, but a meeting has not been organised to bring this suggested resolution officially to the table for discussion.

“We understand it would be a process to come to a resolve on this – all we ask is that the follow-up meetings as promised at the initial meeting are followed through. Otherwise what is the point of setting up a Committee?”

Residents of the houses that border the Bush Common have been agitating for action to be taken on the riders in the Common for nearly a year now. They have been experiencing the excessive dust, noise, and harassment from the riders for much longer, with reports of rocks being thrown at their properties, fences being kicked in, sheds being rocked while young children are around, and other forms of intimidation that add up to a major problem.

To be fair, police have made several arrests of unregistered trail bike riders in the first half of the year, and residents say the situation has eased somewhat.

However, “we want the situation resolved completely to enable us to be cautiously confident dust is not going to swarm our houses and backyards and noise from unruly motorbikes will no longer be experienced,” they said.

In the meantime, residents are trying to stay patient.

“We can only wait with the hope this matter will no longer be a talking point in months and years to come,” they said.