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Motorbike riders cause Horsham Police Paddock damage

TRANQUIL: Merv Adams and Gary Aitken walking in Horsham Police Paddock. The Wimmera River Improvement Committee members are concerned about motorcycle riders in the paddocks. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TRANQUIL: Merv Adams and Gary Aitken walking in Horsham Police Paddock. The Wimmera River Improvement Committee members are concerned about motorcycle riders in the paddocks. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham Rural City Council leaders have reminded motorbike riders they are not permitted to use the Police Paddock nature reserve.

Council technical services director John Martin said the reserve, off Rasmussen Road in Horsham North, was being damaged by the use of motorbikes, particularly by teenagers.

“Large wheel ruts and gouges have been reported both on walking tracks and in the natural grassland,” he said.

“The tracks in the reserve are intended for walkers and cyclists only.

“They are not designed to withstand the heavier weight and power of motorbikes, which is why they are banned in the reserve.”

The Horsham Police Paddock covers 48 hectares on the northern edge of the city, providing recreational opportunities for walkers, cyclists, anglers, bird watchers and dog owners in a natural woodland setting. It was named Police Paddock because police horses were rested there in the 19th century.

Wimmera River Improvement Committee member Merv Adams said the reserve was an ideal place for many recreational activities, but motorbike riding was not allowed.

“Motorbikes don’t belong in this reserve. There are many types of flora and fauna that thrive here,” he said.

“It’s a natural wetland which needs to remain in a tranquil state for people to enjoy.

“We want people to continue enjoying motorbike riding. I own a motorbike myself, but there are plenty of other places to go riding.”

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Posted on May 16 2018

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