Horsham's Police Paddock's walking trials damaged by motorbike riders

Wimmera River improvement committee members Merv Adams and Gary Aitkin at the Horsham Police Paddock nature reserve. Picture:
Wimmera River improvement committee members Merv Adams and Gary Aitkin at the Horsham Police Paddock nature reserve. Picture:

HORSHAM Rural City Council have reminded motorbike riders that they are not allowed to use the Police Paddock nature reserve.  

The reserve, located off Rasmussen Road in Horsham North, has been damaged from the use of motorbikes. 

Council’s technical services director John Martin said the reserve’s tracks were intended for walkers and cyclists only. 

“Large wheel ruts and gouges have been reported both on walking tracks and in the natural grassland,” he said. “They are not designed to withstand the heavier weight and power of motorbikes, which is why they are banned in the reserve.” 

Mr Martin said riders looking for off-road style tracks should consider joining Horsham Motorcycle Club, which has excellent motocross facilities nearby.

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

“Motorbikes don’t belong in this reserve. There are many types of flora and fauna which thrive here. It’s a natural wetland which needs to remain in a tranquil state for people to enjoy,” he said.

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