We understands that it may seem like harmless fun to build bike jumps and tracks in a park, reserve, bushland or empty grassed area.
However, as a Council, it is our responsibility to ensure that anything built on Council land or land managed by Council considers a range of factors including: need, permission, standards, risk, impact on vegetation and community amenity.
Unfortunately, rider built bike jumps are seldom designed or constructed to industry standards, nor are they inspected, assessed and maintained like other Council assets. Furthermore, they have typically not been given permission by the land owner and have serious negative impacts on community amenity and natural vegetation.
The impact on our environment
Indigo Shire is home to some of the state’s most pristine natural environments. Rider built bike jumps pose serious risks to these environments which may be damaged during the building process. In some cases, these sites have been assessed to be beyond rehabilitation.
When jumps and track are built by riders, damage can occur to trees and plants, grassed surfaces, garden beds, mulched areas and tree roots. While this may seem insignificant, rider built bike jumps can compromise areas of conservation, threatened species, native vegetation and/or aboriginal heritage value which has intrinsic community value.