Bikers locked out of wetlands site
A WETLAND in the Tweed is to be gated to stop illegal dumping and dirt bikes from destroying the native vegetation.
Tweed Shire Council voted last month to fence off Kellehers Rd to stop people from dumping waste and illegal dirt biking in the Pottsville Wetland.
In the report to council it stated that the Pottsville Wetland had a "network of trails identified on either side of Kellehers Rd extending into the wetland".
The council decided to fence the road near the eastern extent after discussion with landowners who would be affected if the council blocked the road.
Tweed Valley Motorcycle Club president Grant Casey said he thought the road should be fenced, but reiterated that a dirt bike track in the Tweed would alleviate the pressure on the environment of illegal riding.
"It definitely would alleviate the problem," Mr Casey said. "Right now illegal riding is the only option. It's a big sport and growing.
"Riders are using beaches, bushland and parks because the tracks are too far away."
Mr Casey said adults in the sport were willing to drive two hours for a ride but children did not have that option.
"We want a track for social riders. A lot of people don't want to compete and just want to go
somewhere where they can have a social ride."
Mr Casey applauded the council's attempt to stop illegal riding at Pottsville Wetland.
"It's too dangerous," he said.
"It's just too reckless and it is not controlled. It really is a safety issue and this is going to get people killed."
He said more action was needed to find a permanent home for dirt bikers.
Tweed Valley Motorcycle Club is a group with 70 members working to establish a permanent motor- cycle track in the Tweed.