As someone with family members who enjoy cycling, I really wanted to find a way for it to work on COSS land, but after research, personal investigation and talking to others, I cannot see a workable compromise.
The vandalism that has been carried out to date, both environmentally but also to the Indigenous landscape, is devastating and cannot be permitted to continue.
COSS is valued for many reasons by walkers, birders, people interested in learning about our Indigenous heritage, and people who care about the environment.
Mountain bike riding has always been permitted on fire trails under the Plan of Management but they want to create their own routes and then are constantly adding extra loops for fun that go nowhere, but destroy a lot of bush in the process.
I have observed numerous tyres, sandbags, many metres of timber to build ramps, used to create jumps and many trees and tree roots hacked away if they are in ‘their’ way.
The demolition of barriers trying to keep them out of sensitive areas is not acceptable.
Peaceful enjoyment of the bush and the noisy adrenaline rush of mountain biking are not complementary.
Shaving off sandstone engravings in order to ‘smooth’ a piece of track is vandalism that cannot be repaired.
The risks are far too great, and they need to look at land other than COSS to create their mountain bike park.
Email, Mar 16
Glenys Ray, Springfield