Trail of misery

ILLEGAL off-road trail biking in Treeby has got so bad Cockburn council is holding a summit.

Residents have been plagued by trail bikes, quad bikes and four-wheel drives zooming over vacant land east of Clementine Boulevard and a large undeveloped area north of Armadale Road.

A frustrated council recently voted to tee up a meeting with WA Police and the Treeby Community Association to brainstorm solutions.

It is notoriously difficult to arrest off-roaders, with offenders often speeding off before police or rangers arrive.

Cockburn deputy mayor Lee-Anne Smith wants to combat the problem by providing more sites where people can enjoy legal off-roading.

“This is about protecting our Jandakot regional parks just as much as it is about finding an off-road area for our off-road enthusiasts,” Cr Smith told the Herald.

In the metro area there are two gazetted sites for off-roading in Wanneroo, and one in Kwinana, with another under consideration in Rockingham.

“With so few approved sites to allow this activity within the metropolitan area, it is understandable that people would choose not to utilise them, when there are many other closer, more convenient options available where vacant land is located nearby, as is the case in Treeby,” Cockburn council officers reported.

Any off-roading site will require approval from the WA government.

In recent years Cockburn has been plagued by trail bikers, and in 2015 residents held a rally to protest trail bike riding around Visko Park in Yangebup.

Treeby, created in 2016 from the northern portion of Banjup, has lots of undeveloped land.

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