Keeping an eye on dirt bike riders

Illegal riding on public land will be the subject of a multi-tier crackdown.
Illegal riding on public land will be the subject of a multi-tier crackdown.

IT is one of the most popular weekend pastimes on the Coffs Coast but one that can also be a nuisance for anyone other than the trail bike riders.

For years property owners have complained about the drone of dirt bikes, environmentalists have had enough of the damage to track and trails.

Land managers on the North Coast yesterday announced a new public education campaign to reduce illegal riding.

“Responsible motorbike riders are welcome on public lands,” Forests NSW spokesman David Wilson said.

“The aim is to educate motorbike riders about appropriate motorbike use on public lands and to improve community and motorbike rider safety.

“People can only ride on public lands if they are licensed and their motorbike is registered and roadworthy, the same as any public road in the State,” he said.

The campaign involves the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forests NSW, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and NSW Police.

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