Full public review of Policy 13 - Recreation (MTB) in Public Drinking Water Source Areas.

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Please help and join us in campaigning for improved MTB facilities in Western Australia.

Many of the existing and proposed MTB facilities are located within Public Drinking Water Source Areas which are controlled by the Department of Water, under the direction of the WA Minister for Water.

The West Australian Department of Water’s Operational policy 13: “Recreation Within Public Drinking Water Source Areas on Crown Land” controls the management of MTB in these areas and was originally adopted in September 2012. The Policy is currently overdue its first 5 yearly review.

The policy states that the success of the policy will be assessed by:

• ongoing water quality and catchment environmental monitoring

• the degree of application or integration of other State Government agency policies, guidelines and approvals, associated with recreational activities within PDWSAs

• the continued prohibition of recreation in reservoir protection zones

• the type and amount/level of recreation occurring in PDWSA outer catchments

• the development of new or enhanced recreation outside PDWSAs. 

The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective believes that the policy has failed against all of these criteria.  

The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective also believes that the current policy is causing additional significant environmental damage, in not allowing proper sustainable management of MTB facilities within PDWSA’s to occur. This is due to the setting of the unenforceable and unrealistic target levels of use ie no higher than September 2012 levels.

We believe that a full open, transparent and public review of Policy 13 is the only way the successfulness of the policy, along with the environmental impact of the levels of usage set, can be truly assessed.  

Please join us in campaigning the Minister of Water the Honorable Dave Kelly MLA for a full open, transparent and public review of Policy 13 by completing this petition. This campaign is authorised and fully supported by the Kalamunda mountain bike collective committee. If you have any questions please email us at kalamundacollective@gmail.com



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