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Preserve and increase MTB access to Royal National Park

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Royal National Park, just south of Sydney, is a beautiful spot that is enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors. However, increasing advocacy by anti-mountainbiking groups seeks to remove existing trail access and stop the formalisation of many of the informal trails. This is despite the fact that mountainbiking is enjoying massive growth in Australia, has many tens of thousands of participants (from elite athletes to family groups) and can be done with minimal environmental impact on a well-managed trail network. Not to mention that governments are increasingly looking for ways to address growing obesity rates by encouraging a more active lifestyle.

The Sydney mountain-biking community needs to raise its voice to show decision-makers:
A) How many of us there are, and how passionate we are about our riding
B) How desperate we are for expansion of the existing legal trails to create a genuine network (including legitimising many of the informal trails, so they can be better managed).

It is unacceptable to us that a small but vocal group of opponents (in particular, the disingenuously-named National Parks Association) seek to have our already inadequate trail access rights revoked.

We request Royal National Park management (NPWS) commence immediate plans to expand the trail network to provide for current and future generations of responsible mountain-bikers.

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