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  1. I have written a submission that I am going to forward onto the link given above (see below if you want to copy and modify to suit). We should all get around this and put in a submission as the groups who make the most noise will get their opinion heard! To Whom it may concern I am writing in response to the draft Central West investigation report. As a bush user I am distressed to see some of the recommendations put forward. The removal of the state forest classification and the reclassification of the areas in the report are detrimental to the communities right to access in these areas. I am a regular user of the Wombat State Forest/Lerderderg state Park and having used many other state forests in the area including Bungal and Cobaw. The Reclassifications of these areas will severely restrict my recreational activities which include walking my dogs, camping and trail bike riding as well as my yearly firewood collection in the Wombat State forest. The Change in classification of vast tracts of Wombat SF/ Lerderderg SP to National Park are most concerning to me. This change would mean me not being able to bring my dogs along camping with me in many of my current favourite spots as well as restricting the areas I can and can’t camp. I much prefer more remote campsites with no facilities. With the change to classification I will be unable to use the campsites that I have used for many years. I also note in the draft report that these changes will have no effect on recreational trail bike riding. I strongly refute this. On the surface, yes registered motorcycles are allowed to be used in national parks, in reality most trail bike riders do not ride in the vast majority of national parks. This is due to several reasons but mostly because in national parks (and currently state parks) there are a much higher percentage of management only tracks that are inaccessible to motorised vehicles. A case in point that relates directly to this is the variance in riding activity in the Lerderderg state park and adjoining Wombat state forest. Due to many tracks being management vehicle only or seasonally closed most trail riding occurs in the state forest with only minor numbers of riders using the seasonally closed tracks when they are open in summer. By changing classifications there will be more management only tracks created which will lock out all motorised vehicles including trailbike and 4x4 enthusiasts. This will apply to all areas that are currently classified as state forest as the new classifications are all more restrictive than the forest classification being replaced. This will lead to tracks becoming overgrown and cause disaster when fire services find them impassable during major fire events. The vast majority of Trail riders and 4x4 enthusiasts are passionate about the bush and environment they travel though and want to protect it for future generations as much as possible. Many groups will of their own accord hold rubbish clean up days to clean up the mess made by those who don’t do the right thing and illegal dumpers. Classification Changes will also severely restrict firewood collection which is an important part of reducing the ground level fuel load should a bushfire go through the area. More restrictive classifications will also make it more difficult for fire services to obtain permits for fuel reduction burns. As Stated in your own report many areas have been extensively logged throughout the history of European settlement. Due to this these areas do not in my mind meet the intended protection level that comes to mind when you think national park or state park. National parks are meant to protect areas of strong environmental, Historical or cultural significance. Areas that have been intensively logged in documented history do not meet this criterion and as such it is overkill to heavily restrict usage. Current management methods appear to me to be working and protecting areas that require it while allowing access for recreation and industry in areas that can support it. There are other ways of applying regulation and managing the ways forests are logged for forestry purposes without locking out everyone.
  2. The following is the draft reccomendations for the macedon-wombat area (Wombat, Cowbaw, Whipsticks, Mt Cole) WE MUST STOP THIS!! The draft recommendations for the Wombat– Macedon block have been developed in response to the combination of high natural values in a largely-intact landscape, widespread community opposition to a resumption of sawlog harvesting, and a rapid intensification of some recreational activities. Pressures on public land in the Wombat– Macedon block – given its proximity to Melbourne – are likely to continue increasing as Victoria’s population grows. The draft recommendations include: • a large national park (comprising the existing Lerderderg State Park and much of the existing Wombat State Forest) • two new conservation parks (one north of Daylesford and the other for the existing Cobaw State Forest) • a new regional park that includes areas of the existing Wombat State Forest around Trentham and Blackwood and around Woodend and Bullengarook •  small additions to Macedon and Hepburn regional parks. These recommendations, along with draft recommendations for smaller blocks of public land in the block, are shown on map D and inset maps G, H, I and J, and detailed in the section below. The intention of these draft recommendations is to focus protection of threatened species and under-represented Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) in the recommended national park and conservation parks along with compatible recreation, and manage the existing and recommended regional parks for the widest range of recreational activities. Most recreational activities, apart from some high-impact activities, will continue to be allowed in the recommended national parks (see table 7.2). The conservation parks proposed at Hepburn and Cobaw provide more scope for some recreational activities than national parks. The overall increased protection of natural values is consistent with the aspirations of Aboriginal Traditional Owners. 141 The draft recommendations comprise an essential component in eliminating shortfalls in protected area representation for the following priority EVCs: •  in the Central Victorian Uplands bioregion – Herb-rich Foothill Forest (7080 hectares added to protected areas, mostly in the recommended Wombat-Lerderderg National Park and Cobaw Conservation Park), Shrubby Foothill Forest (18,419 hectares mostly in the recommended Wombat-Lerderderg National Park), Shrubby Foothill Forest (3301 hectares in the WombatLerderderg National Park), and three EVCs found in moist areas of Wombat-Lerderderg National Park: Sedgy Riparian Woodland (490 hectares), Riparian Forest (274 hectares) and Damp Forest (640 hectares) • in the Goldfields bioregion – Herb-rich Foothill Forest (783 hectares, mostly in the recommended Wombat-Lerderderg National Park). The draft recommendations would also substantially improve protected area representation of several other priority EVCs: •  in the Central Victorian Uplands bioregion – Valley Grassy Forest (704 hectares in the Cobaw Conservation Park and Black Forest Nature Reserve) •  in the Goldfields bioregion – Valley Grassy Forest (280 hectares in the Hepburn Conservation Park). Protection of mature trees in the Wombat– Macedon block would provide increased nectar production for apiarists as well as the diverse range of nectarivorous animals that depend on this resource. Over the long term, it would increase the number of hollows available for hollow-dependent species. Activities such as dog walking and recreational prospecting would be able to continue in the recommended regional parks. They are located where these recreational activities are already occurring, and aim to accommodate an increasing demand close to major towns. It is proposed that domestic firewood be available to supply local communities from ecological management of the recommended new regional parks or recommended additions to existing regional parks. Impacts of these draft recommendations for the Wombat–Macedon block include the cessation of commercial timber harvesting (other than for minor forest produce in the recommended regional parks). Recreational hunting in the Wombat– Macedon block would be restricted to hunting for pest animals as part of authorised control programs at the discretion of the land manager. Recommended new national park areas would not be available for new exploration and mining. Existing mining and exploration licences in new national park areas would continue, and mining following such exploration may be approved by Government.
  3. Long Copy paste from the report but this shows the importance of us making a submission. If we dont put some opposing views on the table the greenies will get their way as they are the ones with too much time on their hands to write submissions about things they have no involvement with! Nearly one third (about 180) of submissions mentioned the Wombat–Macedon block specifically. Approximately half of these supported increased protection of the natural values of the area, or of natural values in general, and many, including some pro forma submissions, sought protection of the Wombat State Forest under the National Parks Act. About 40 submissions opposed more parks being created or opposed change in general. About ten submissions requested that the Wombat State Forest be managed through sustainable harvesting and a few submissions supported it being managed as a commercial forest. Those requesting that the Wombat State Forest be protected under the National Parks Act stated that over-logging, gold mining and prospecting, and management issues were a threat to the Wombat State Forest. Some 30 submissions proposed that domestic firewood collection be allowed to continue in the Wombat State Forest. Five submissions opposed this and a few supported reinstating the firewood collection permits or the use of private land for firewood plantations. A few submissions commented that access for beekeepers should be retained. Some submissions also suggested that there should be improved land management and maintenance of tracks. Other submitters and attendees at community drop-in sessions commented on specific recreational activities, usually requesting that the activity not be restricted, e.g. prospecting, mountain bike riding, horse riding, four wheel driving, dog walking, camping, hunting and trail bike riding. Attendees at community drop-in sessions also commented frequently on land management issues such as planned burn regimes and pest plant and animal control. There was widespread community support for increased protection of the natural values present in the Wombat–Macedon block. Stakeholders from most perspectives opposed intensive timber harvesting methods such as clearfell and shelterwood systems. In recent years, there has been significant community pressure to prevent sawlog harvesting and mining operations from taking place in the Wombat State Forest. Emphasis has been on the preservation of high value habitat with community groups opposing the removal of large, old trees which either already contain hollows or are likely to be hollow bearing in the future. A common theme in submissions and other consultations was the awareness of increasing pressures on public land in the Wombat–Macedon block. The increasing numbers of people moving from Melbourne to towns such as Kyneton, Trentham and Daylesford, combined with the Wombat–Macedon block’s proximity to Melbourne make it a popular day visitor destination, and there was concern that this is likely to continue increasing into the future. Some members of the local community also argued for the protection of the water catchment and supply values of the Wombat State Forest. There are concerns that the removal of trees around the headwaters of major rivers in Victoria will significantly impact water quality and supply, as well as concerns about the risk of contamination from mining operations and associated works.
  4. walkahz

    Expanding the vocabulary @ Dissa!

    I spoke to a bloke who hunts at work today. He said it would have been a deer. They cut the head off for the trophy horns and cut along the spine for the backstrap...... he said probably an illegal kill!
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    Expanding the vocabulary @ Dissa!

    Good call pete! We all pitched in later on in the ride to get through technical sections but didnt think about it in the first section.
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    Expanding the vocabulary @ Dissa!

    Thanks biggie for the fun however short day! Got there 20 min early expecting to be the first one but there was already half the crew there. Got geared up and went for a quick blat to shake out the cobwebs, It was slippery but easy to adapt too so it cant of been that bad. Off on our "10 Min" Warm up loop we started to hit some pretty hairy terrain.... I got through without issues but after following a few others I was thinking to myself there was gonna be some carnage! Sure enough I caught up to biggie and 1 other at the end of the trail, got put on the last corner before the main road and sat there, then the waiting began. A Few bikes passed and then there was some big gaps. after 30 mins or so biggie came back through and explained that we would wait at the last corner and he had sent 2 riders back through the loop. Eventually a very exhausted suzuki rider appeared! We went back to the cars for a few mins and then into it. Bit of a cold start then waited on a corner. Silly me didnt put myself in the best position blocking the track ahead and I see a rider keep going along the main road. I told some one who was at the corner having a rest to wait there then took chase. Eventually caught up and flagged him down. Turned around to catch another group of riders, oh well no harm done and we venture back to the correct course. Now we are into the good stuff. Biggie sent us down a particularly tricky rocky creek that kept all on their toes! Had a small rest at the end and kept moving. Through some more good stuff before tackling another creek. I was riding through thinking this looks familiar. A 2 stoke has a tumble and drowns before I can yell to shut it down.... Now we are cursed. Myself and one other continue leaving a crew of 4 to de drown the striken kato. I stop at a corner at the end to show where the group had gone and it strikes me why it looks familiar... Its DazzaRMX creek and im on the same corner I was at the GF ride! Some bikes can be heard and it seems like we are on the move again then disaster barely 50m from the end the suzi hits and sunken rock and takes a tumble... game over. Lots of water came out of this one! Time is getting on so we decide to turn around and make our way back to the cars, this required some exploring and navigating some mud pits but was uneventfull compared to the rest of the ride! Thanks to all who came and the Gesas who played sweep on a very difficult day!
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    dirtriderZ Hoodie Order

    Hi Fro 1x Large Gunmetal/Red. Thanks
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    1976 YZ 80C Resto

    No progress with the shocks yet, just cleaned the dirt off and sat them on there to hold the swingarm in place. Will workout what to do with them later, most likely paint to begin with then buy some OEM looking china jobbies or there is a Mob in Adelaide that looks ok (YSS), not going to be ridden on the dirt so anything will do. I managed to find a bolt kit for the engine that replaces all the JIS Screws with stainless socket heads. $30 well spent and I dont have to measure every bolt length then go to the shop!
  9. I run my own small business along side my full time work, JW Engineering Services. I specialise in small metal fabrication including trailer builds and repairs, Gates and even bike exhausts. Ive also got a lathe and a Milling machine for small repairs or parts. If anyone has any bike repairs or jobs around the house they need done let me know. Ive got a facebook page that I post lots of my previous jobs on. https://www.facebook.com/jwengineeringservices/
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    1976 YZ 80C Resto

    Not much shed time lately with a 2 month old that is being difficult but managed to sneak out for a few hours yesterday. got the bottom end of the motor back together with new seals. Some of the plastics and other bits have also been refitted. Will be limited progress for a while as I need to extend the shed, need to make some more room for the 125 and 465 in there. Not enough floor space in 5x3!
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    Smokers Lounge

    Brought some vintage smoke back on my recent Sydney trip. 2 of my dads collection he left to me. 1980 Yz125G (last aircooled Yam 125) 1980 YZ465G Both need a few check overs but should be a heap of fun out at ridepark!
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    Wombat forest

    Signed it! I second the comment above to write to your local state member. The only thing these b@#stards understand is votes!
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    1976 YZ 80C Resto

    It was like a very expensive christmas yesterday. Tracked down a few of the hard to get parts as well as an order from dcvmx and got it all sent to my US freight forwarder. All new cables, sprockets, engine bolts, gaskets, tank stickers, rear guard along with some other goodies. Does anyone know why postage from the US is so damn dear? The package was 4kg and cost $120Aus ive brought similar sized things from uk bike shops and it would be lucky to be $40!!!
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    chewton chewed us up

    Ahh I remember that ride! At least you gave us all a nice rest and some entertainment Fab! Thats me with the bike having a rest right at the start so at least you wernt the only one to struggle!
  15. A Mates XR 80, must of been 10 or 11. Sat on fired it up then proceeded to dump the clutch and go flying up the track where I promptly dropped it! Not much has changed I suppose