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IMBA Au built Pump Track at Lysterfield

Here is some feedback on IMBA-AU's latest project at Lysterfield Lake Park (Melbourne) where we have been working with the local IMBA-Au club, Parks Victoria and the onsite store TrailMix do deliver some Pocket Park facilities.

Check it out:

http://austyetitribe.blogspot.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMYQSeuFnPc

2011 National Tracks and Trails Conference Postponed

 Announcement


NOTE: IMBA Workshop Proceeding...(more info below)

Dear Trails Advocate,

You have previously expressed an interest in gaining more information on the 2011 Tracks and Trails Conference. To those who have not registered at this stage it is with regret that the decision has been made to postpone the 2011 Tracks and Trails Conference.

The continuing impact of the recent extreme weather conditions and subsequent destruction of significant infrastructure across Queensland and Victoria has meant that the many communities that had expressed an interest to be a part of the Conference, are simply no longer in a position to attend.

After much discussion with a number of partners and stakeholders around the country, it was agreed that the most appropriate course of action was to defer the conference to later in the year, thereby allowing the best possible engagement from key stakeholders and partners.

Accordingly, the new dates for the 2011 Tracks and Trails Conference will be Wednesday 31 August to Friday 2 September and the venue will remain as the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

We hope that you will be available in this new period and will continue to have an interest in attending the conference in Sydney. Development of the program content and themes has been an exciting time for us and we have been pleased with the achievements and the encouraging feedback from stakeholders - particularly the work that has been done to date on the national Greenways Declaration. These are important outcomes for us all and we encourage you to continue to be involved.

For any enquiries or correspondence regarding this postponement, please email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call me directly on my mobile 0409 950 884.

Once again, this has been a difficult decision for us and one that is most regrettable. We want to ensure that you will continue to engage in the process and lead up to the revised conference timetable and look forward to seeing you then.

 

PLEASE NOTE - IMBA TRAILS WORKSHOP WILL PROCEED

The four day International Mountain Bicycling Association Trails Workshop scheduled for April 16 - 19 will be held. For more information check out the Conference Highlights area on the Home Page

Register NOW for these inspiring and educational workshops with IMBA's Tony Boone.

Read more about the workshop  HERE.

 DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM HERE

 

 

2011 Tracks and Trails Conference UPDATE 2

Keynote Speakers Update 2 

The 2011 National Tracks and Trails Conference is pleased to announce John Dunn Programme Manager, New Zealand Cycle Trail, Ministry of Economic Development.

John's presentation titled Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail will outline the unique approach that the NZ government took in determining how their economic stimulus package would be spent. For the NZ community, stimulus spend had to provide immediate economic activity but more importantly had to deliver longer term jobs creation. Tourism is an important provider for the NZ economy and the opportunity to invest in cycle tourism infrastructure was acknowledged at the strategic level as a priority.

Accordingly, the New Zealand Government invested $50M (topped up by substantial regional co funding), turning this idea into reality. The first step was inviting communities and trail builders to submit concept plans from across the country. Of the 54 submissions received, 18 have been selected to be Great Rides. The result is 18 discrete trails that run the length of the country - each providing a unique 'experience' to user.

Not only do these trails need to be built to national standards, but they must deliver long term economic benefits to the regions and they must also be successful stand alone 'businesses'. To ensure this happens, the Ministry of Economic Development is delivering a series of commercial workshops which are being held every three months with all 18 trails communities. The issues being addressed include - collaboration with local businesses, assisting tourism operators, maximising regional leadership and stakeholder buy-in, how to generate revenue to operate trails, marketing and promotion including websites and booking systems.

John's learning's in this multi-regional iconic trail development will provide valuable insights for other agencies and communities looking to develop whole-of-landscape trail assets.

GIS Mapping and the potential of the National Broadband Network

There is no doubt that mapping technologies and their capacity to plug directly into wireless telecommunications technology will be the next big driver in boosting visitation and providing valuable user feedback. The very nature of this rapidly growing industry makes it difficult for destination managers to know "where to start". GIS Australia will provide a how to guide on how to "jump aboard the GIS train".

Significantly, the 2011 conference will showcase international examples of innovative and sustainable partnership development. As leaders in their respective fields, the latest news in the business of trails from US, Canada, NZ and the UK will set the agenda for the three day conference.

Daffyd Davis MBE
UK trail innovator Daffyd Davis MBE will outline his role in the revolutionary approach in developing the UK's first officially sanctioned purpose built mountain bike trail network at Coed y Brenin in 1994 and the mountain bike trail development strategy for the Whole of Wales. As the brains behind the 'trail centre destination' model in the UK, Daffyd was also involved in policy development (both in Wales and the UK) with the Forestry Commission and other agencies, to facilitate recreation and trail management - initially on a district basis and later at the national level. Daffyd now works as a trail destination consultant across Ireland, UK, Japan, Israel and Canada.

Pam Gluck - Executive Director American Trails
With over twenty years experience as a trail professional, Pam will outline the vision of American Trails which seeks to provide a trail experience to all Americans within 15 minutes of every home or workplace. The need for a clear strategic intent and the ability to drive meaningful partnerships with government, business and the community are two KPI's that define Pam's work and her inspiring presentations will provide valuable insights that can be placed within the Australian context. More HERE

Michael Haynes
Canadian Michael Haynes has a broad background trail development and management. He is currently the Director of TransActive Solutions, a company dedicated to improving the walkability and bikeability of Canadian communities. He has been a member of project teams developing cycling and pedestrian plans, trail plans as well as Active Transportation plans. Previously, he was the National Active Transportation and TrailsCanada Coordinator of "Go for Green", managing the national trails website and was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, the provincial NGO coordinating the development of the Trans Canada Trail. Michael will dive into the issues of developing policy that delivers cost effective solutions and more sustainable health, transport, environmental, recreation and tourism outcomes to the community.

Each of these leading experts will treat delegates to an open and frank assessment of the work they do.

With its overarching theme of "The Business of Trails", the 2011 National Tracks and Trails Conference will provide the opportunity for land managers within local and state government agencies, district rangers, small business operators, community groups and trail developers to learn and share with a broad range of experts in their respective fields. 

Whether your business is tourism, recreation, transport or the environment - this conference will deliver something for everyone.

PASS THIS EMAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR NETWORKS

Register NOW

Go to www.tracksandtrails.org.au or download the registration form  HERE.

Bicycle SA is proud to be the conference organiser for the 2011 National Tracks and Trails Conference - ph 08 8168 9999

Four-day MTB Trail Development Workshop

IMBA Australia announces details of the four day mountain bike trail development workshop from Saturday 16 April to Tuesday 19 April.

In a follow-up to the 2008 conference, mountain biking will continue to be an important dialogue for 2011. We are pleased that IMBA Australia has agreed to program the MTB streams within the conference.

National Director Nicolas Bowman, has been travelling the country since October 2009 providing comprehensive advice to regional and metro communities seeking to establish a way forward as they develop sustainable tourism and recreational mountain biking opportunities.

For 2011, the in-room mountain biking stream will present some of the latest research on how IMBA standard single track techniques that have proven to define what we understand 'sustainable' to be, as well as a wealth of other concepts and ideas to get your community riding. 

Read more about the workshop  HERE.

 DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM HERE

National Tracks and Trails Conference - Update

Keynote Speakers Update 2

Sydney Olympic Park - April 13-15 

The 2011 National Tracks and Trails Conference is pleased to announce John Dunn Programme Manager, New Zealand Cycle Trail, Ministry of Economic Development.

John's presentation titled Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail will outline the unique approach that the NZ government took in determining how their economic stimulus package would be spent. For the NZ community, stimulus spend had to provide immediate economic activity but more importantly had to deliver longer term jobs creation. Tourism is an important provider for the NZ economy and the opportunity to invest in cycle tourism infrastructure was acknowledged at the strategic level as a priority.

Accordingly, the New Zealand Government invested $50M (topped up by substantial regional co funding), turning this idea into reality. The first step was inviting communities and trail builders to submit concept plans from across the country. Of the 54 submissions received, 18 have been selected to be Great Rides. The result is 18 discrete trails that run the length of the country - each providing a unique 'experience' to user.

Not only do these trails need to be built to national standards, but they must deliver long term economic benefits to the regions and they must also be successful stand alone 'businesses'. To ensure this happens, the Ministry of Economic Development is delivering a series of commercial workshops which are being held every three months with all 18 trails communities. The issues being addressed include - collaboration with local businesses, assisting tourism operators, maximising regional leadership and stakeholder buy-in, how to generate revenue to operate trails, marketing and promotion including websites and booking systems.

John's learning's in this multi-regional iconic trail development will provide valuable insights for other agencies and communities looking to develop whole-of-landscape trail assets.

GIS Mapping and the potential of the National Broadband Network

There is no doubt that mapping technologies and their capacity to plug directly into wireless telecommunications technology will be the next big driver in boosting visitation and providing valuable user feedback. The very nature of this rapidly growing industry makes it difficult for destination managers to know "where to start". GIS Australia will provide a how to guide on how to "jump aboard the GIS train".

Significantly, the 2011 conference will showcase international examples of innovative and sustainable partnership development. As leaders in their respective fields, the latest news in the business of trails from US, Canada, NZ and the UK will set the agenda for the three day conference.

Daffyd Davis MBE
UK trail innovator Daffyd Davis MBE will outline his role in the revolutionary approach in developing the UK's first officially sanctioned purpose built mountain bike trail network at Coed y Brenin in 1994 and the mountain bike trail development strategy for the Whole of Wales. As the brains behind the 'trail centre destination' model in the UK, Daffyd was also involved in policy development (both in Wales and the UK) with the Forestry Commission and other agencies, to facilitate recreation and trail management - initially on a district basis and later at the national level. Daffyd now works as a trail destination consultant across Ireland, UK, Japan, Israel and Canada.

Pam Gluck - Executive Director American Trails
With over twenty years experience as a trail professional, Pam will outline the vision of American Trails which seeks to provide a trail experience to all Americans within 15 minutes of every home or workplace. The need for a clear strategic intent and the ability to drive meaningful partnerships with government, business and the community are two KPI's that define Pam's work and her inspiring presentations will provide valuable insights that can be placed within the Australian context. More HERE

Michael Haynes
Canadian Michael Haynes has a broad background trail development and management. He is currently the Director of TransActive Solutions, a company dedicated to improving the walkability and bikeability of Canadian communities. He has been a member of project teams developing cycling and pedestrian plans, trail plans as well as Active Transportation plans. Previously, he was the National Active Transportation and TrailsCanada Coordinator of "Go for Green", managing the national trails website and was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, the provincial NGO coordinating the development of the Trans Canada Trail. Michael will dive into the issues of developing policy that delivers cost effective solutions and more sustainable health, transport, environmental, recreation and tourism outcomes to the community.

Each of these leading experts will treat delegates to an open and frank assessment of the work they do.

With its overarching theme of "The Business of Trails", the 2011 National Tracks and Trails Conference will provide the opportunity for land managers within local and state government agencies, district rangers, small business operators, community groups and trail developers to learn and share with a broad range of experts in their respective fields. 

Whether your business is tourism, recreation, transport or the environment - this conference will deliver something for everyone.

PASS THIS EMAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR NETWORKS

Register NOW

Go to www.tracksandtrails.org.au or download the registration form  HERE.

Lysterfield mountain bike tracks closed to ensure rider safety

Immediate Release 8 February 2011

Recent heavy rains and extreme weather conditions have caused significant damage across Melbourne. Parks, tracks and trails in the Lysterfield area have been hit particularly hard.

Parks Victoria has closed the mountain bike trails in Lysterfield Park following last weekend’s heavy rainfall to ensure the safety of mountain bike riders and to guarantee the long term sustainability of the trails.

Lysterfield is one of the most popular Mountain Bike riding venues in and around Melbourne. It attracts around 140,000 riders per year but this is only one user group of many that use the park for recreational activities. 

The granitic soils around Lysterfield Park do not blend well with high concentrated use in wet conditions. While the numbers of mountain bike riders has increased to the park this year, so has the amount of rainfall, placing considerable pressure on the trails. 

Parks Victoria has a strong working relationship with a number of mountain bike rinding associations and has had experts onsite to assess the trails this week and decided they should be closed temporarily. Parks Victoria is committed to the future of mountain biking in parks and to ensure this, needs to maintain and protect the trails.

Rangers will be patrolling the trails to carry out maintenance and clearing work. People found riding on the trails while they are closed will be fined. 

The trails will be reopened when they assessed to be safe for riders and the necessary maintenance work has occurred.

For more information call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or visit our website at http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Eagle MTB Park Trails Workshop information

The Office for Recreation and Sport is partnering with IMBA Australia to establish an on-going program for volunteers to help with trail maintenance in the park. We all know that the trails are suffering from a bit of wear and tear so if you're able to spare a bit of your time then ORS, IMBA and Eagle would really appreciate your help.

To start the program off we'll be running a Sustainable Trails Workshop next month to get a core group of volunteers up to speed on cutting-edge & environmentally-sound trail-tuning methodologies. Once volunteers are trained up there will be regular trail maintenance days until the end of the year to help prepare for the Nationals next Summer. Then in 2011 monthly work bees and also hopefully more workshops as new volunteers get onboard. 

The workshop will consist of a 3-hour theory session AND a 6-hour practical session. You will need to attend both to complete the training, which is required as a minimum to become a regular trail care volunteer. Here are the dates and times: 

For the theory session, two alternatives:
- Mon 1st Nov, 6pm-9pm; or
- Weds 10th Nov, 6pm-9pm
Venue still to be confirmed but more than likely in the city.

For the practical session to be held on-site at Eagle:
- Sat 13th Nov, 9am-3pm
- Sun 14th Nov, 9am-3pm
One or the other, or both if you're super-keen.

Places on the workshop will be limited so please let me know as soon as possible if you're interested and which dates suit you best. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 08 7424 7788.

Thanks to Adelaide MTB Club and also the Inside Line for lending tools to help get this started!

NSW NPWS mountain biking public forum dates

Locations and dates for forums concerning MTB access and use in the NPWS estates are below.

To view the discussion paper go to www.nsw.gov.au/shapeyourstate.

Mountain biking in NSW National Parks

NPWS is seeking community comment on a new approach to managing mountain biking in national parks and invites you to make your thoughts known. 

The paper can be downloaded and submissions made on online at the following website http://nsw.gov.au/shapeyourstate.

As the paper addresses mountain biking in national parks across NSW, your comments should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Cycling Policy and Mountain Biking Strategy, Department of Environment and Climate Change, PO Box 1967, Hurstville NSW 1481.

Successful completion of IMBA conference Margaret River

The South West Mountain Bike Club in conjunction with land managers and other clubs have just completed a two day workshop in Margaret River (Fri, Sat.) to work together for better management of trails to allow the whole community better access and develop tourism opportunities.
 
Hosted by International Trails Specialist Joey Klein (front left) on a national tour covering the hot spots for potential development he was joined by the newly appointed Australian National Director Nick Bowman (front right) of IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association).  
 
Mike Gadd is the spokesman for the Margaret River chapter of the South West Mountain Bike club.
John Wallace is the president of the South West Mountain Bike club (based in Bunbury)
Myles Happworth is the president of the Cape Mountain Bike riders based in Dunnsborough
John Carney is the president of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA)
DEC representatives were in attendance including Brad Commins
Paul Neve Professional Trail Builder.
 
People in the photo are from Pemberton, Margaret River, Dunnsborough, Busselton, Bunbury, Collie, Perth and Mandurah.
 
Nick Bowman the National Director would be available today for comment on 0429 369 003
 
The SWMTBC just won a national award in Outer Edge Magazine as the best community based group. These volunteers have worked hard with DEC over the last couple of years to get legal sustainable MTB trails open in the Mt Lennard National Park in the Fergerson Valley area. I have photos of the magazine and the award if you would like.
 
Travis Deane
0404 132 609

 

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