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Mitchells Pass Gate Closure

G'Day riders,

Today at 5pm Blue Mountains Gazette will be reporting on the installation of the gates at the mid point on the Mitchells Pass.
Micheal Cleggit from the gazzette has requested a few riders to attend to be in a photo to appear in the paper.
If you are able to make it that would be great, no gaurentee that you will be in the photo as he only needs 3 but if it is oversubscribed then that's not a bad thing.
Many Thanks

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BMORC meets with NPWS

Last week BMORC reps met with Tina from NPWS to talk about the existing Oaks Single track (aka Twitter Trail), how to improve on safety and erosion control.

It was decided that our first priority would be pruning back the eye whipping branches. This improves user safety. The rider will be able to keep an eye on where they are going with an improved line of sight and not need to keep ducking.

BMORC will be assembling a small team of volunteers to work with NPWS.

There are many items on the agenda and future discussions will be taking place.

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Downhill article in Penrith Press

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In today's Penrith Press -

NATIONAL mountain bike champion Danielle Beecroft has been forced to travel to the Central Coast to train after the closure of downhill bike tracks at East Blaxland and Mt Riverview.

The 16-year-old from Londonderry won the under-17 4X and open pump track events at the national titles last month.

But travelling to Gosford on a weekly basis does have its downfalls.

“I’m devastated because it was so easy to go and train up there (in the Lower Mountains) all the time,” Beecroft said.

and also about the trails

Western Sydney Mountain Bike Club downhill vice-president Steve Humphreys said the decision was made too hastily by Blue Mountains Council.

“The council made the decision based on an illegal track made by some minors after a group of residents protested,” Humphreys said.

“There are no legal tracks in the Blue Mountains Council area for riders to train. It has very much affected riders and rangers are now getting quite active and fining riders who are caught in the areas.

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Yellomundee Aboriginal Bushcare Group- dates 2011

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Yellomundee Aboriginal Bushcare Group
Dates 2011
Time : 10.00am Lunch will be provided.

DATE: Sunday 20th March
Sunday 17th April
Friday 29th April to 1st May Bushcare Conference and Cultural Camp
Sunday 22nd May
Sunday 19th June
Sunday 17th July
Sunday 21st August
Sunday 18th September
Sunday 9th October

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Open message to BMORC Members

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Hi BMORC viewers and guests Smiling It has been brought to my attention that there has been some illegal trail construction taking place in the Blue Mountains council area.

As the group are well aware we do not endorse illegal trail building activity and I would call upon all active members to be vigilant if you hear of anything like this going on. Let us know so we can follow up.

I am led to believe that this activity is taking place in an area that is signposted "no riding" so these individuals are clearly flouting the council bylaws.

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Anniversary of the Closure of Old Bathurst Road

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Well it is one year now since the fatefull council meeting in Katoomba when the Business Paper presented the plan to formalise a part of the trails at OBR and close the trail at Nichol's Pde. It seemed a reasonably good compromise at the time but the plan was resolutely squashed. There were only 8 riders there that night and we were trounced. We were disorganised and completely unaware of the opposition and disinformation that was going around.

It became obvious that some kind of advocacy group was required to present a unified voice for riders, and after discussing it on the street that night the plan was to create one. Hence about a week latter at the Lapstone Hotel the BMORC was started.

So in a year a lot has been done, but we are still waiting on some hard trail results. A lot of good work has been done forming understanding and relationships with some of the councillors and with the BMCC staff. We have also worked with the community to try and improve the image of mountain bikers and what the general mindset is of a rider with respect to the environment and society. We have greater communication and understanding with conservationist groups I think in both directions. Also I think we have a better riding community now in the mountains that was lacking before.

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Blue Mountains Gazette Article about the BBQ as well!

Article from the Blue Mountains Gazette page 23 Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

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Brief Report on the BMORC Knapsack BBQ on the 26th Feb

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Well on the 26th February BMORC held a free community BBQ at Knapsack reserve to engage with local residents, schools, families, riders and basically anyone who Kingy could attract and get to talk to. We supplied maps, helped show people around and basically answered questions anyone had about what our concept is.

We had contacted local schools, done a letter box drop of the neighboring residents and posted flyers up on boards. Kingy turned up with a massive pile of sausages where I thought he had over-catered like a madman yet again, but after the many hours we were there they were gone. So by the sausage counter we managed to speak to a large number of people and received some interesting feedback.

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Clean Up Australia Day (Yellowmundee Regional Park)

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Got the below invitation for volunteers for the 6 March 2011 Clean Up Australia Day.

From Xuela Sledge, (Volunteer Coordinator)

Visit my page: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/xsledge

Visit the site I will be volunteering at: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Yellomunde...

To contact me, please email me at xuela.sledge@environment.nsw.gov.au as you cannot reply to the above address.

Xuela

Yellomundee Regional Park

Site Info:
About Our Site

Join us to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.

Site Address

Springwood Road

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"One is better than two for Blaxland cyclists" - Blue Mountains Gazette

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Story in the Blue Mountains Gazette about the local Muni riders, as often witnessed down at Knapsack... good going guys!

As if hauling a regular mountain bike along bush trails was not challenging enough, two Blaxland men decided to ditch a wheel when they tackled a 12-hour endurance race recently.

Charles Hardimon and Robert O’Brien received more than their fair share of sideways looks from fellow competitors when they took on the Jet Black Cycling race at Wisemans Ferry on the their unicycles.
Despite the oppressive heatwave conditions, coupled with the obvious challenge of staying upright on the unpredictable terrain, the duo managed to complete a combined distance of over 100km during the two six-hour blocks of racing.

“The hardest part was probably dealing with the heat, as it was for most of the riders, starting out at 40 degrees and trying to slog it up a two kilometre hill,” said Charles. “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Charles said it had taken endless patience to master the unusual craft in the five years since he traded in two wheels for one.

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Second Round of NPWS MTB Discussion Forum 14th Feb

Basically a second round of meetings to be run by a facilitator nominated by conservation groups. If you went to the previous meeting in October last year you should still definately attend again.

Its to be held

Monday 14th February 6-8pm, Springwood Country Club, Hawkesbury Rd Springwood.

The full story of why this is happening again can be read on NOBMOB here

http://nobmob.com/node/19593

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An opportunity to help Blue Mountains Conservation Society

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I picked up on this article while browsing the web for information on Platypus, after reading the article below I was thrilled to find out about a population of platypus in the Sun Valley area.
I thought this would be a great opportunity to assist Tara with her campaign to address the release of sewage into Fitzgerald's creek.
Can everyone pen a short letter or email and send it on to the Sydney Water

Postal address
Sydney Water
PO Box 399
Parramatta NSW 2124 or
email through this portal

http://sydneywater.custhelp.com/app/ask

Thanks for your support

Regards Kingy

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Yellomundee Aboriginal Bushcare Group - ABC Landline filming Sunday 5th February 2011

Vickii Lett from NPWS sent this through for the site.

The bushcare group has been approached by the CMA and ABC Landline for a story on bushcare groups along the river.

Bass fisherman, BMORC and WSMTB are invited. It would be good to get some BMORCers there with bikes.

See the attached pdf for a printable version.

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Novelty Cheque for Signage

Well here is the novelty cheque created be resident BMORC Picasso Kingy, for the money we generated for signage at the BBQ the other week.

So next stage is organising some kind of handover to show we are serious about our commitment to the reserve and working with council.

The rest of the money raised needs to be moved to other areas maybe IMBA books, tools, promotional material etc.

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Ground Effect Slush Fund.

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I sent an email to the Ground Effect Slush Fund in regards to gaining some funding to help with the work that will hopefully start soonish at Knapsack Reserve. Here is the reply:

Hi JP

I've been having a good snoop around your website! Sounds like a project worthy of some slush fund assistance, our pet hate is when tracks get closed and they riding access for an area takes a huge step back.

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BMORC BBQ Fundraiser Results!

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Hi guys,

Huge turn out I Lost count at 20 but a great effort by all.

Lots happened on the day and that's a story in itself but I will let the boys regail all the fun bits I am here to deliver that facts!

Our purchases for the day consisted of;

Pastoral Prime Country Meats
600 Sausages. $268
Chippys Foods
Onions , Serviettes, Sauces, Gloves $148

Blaxland Country Bakehouse
60 loaves sliced bread. $108

Natures Best

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3 Days till the big cook off!


Scored an awesome drink barrel today.

Pulled the Victorionox out and hey presto then there were 2 Smiling

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6 days to go!

BMORC BBQ is nearly here will it be a success will we reach the 3000 dollar goal.

Bring your bikes come down and help promote the great the healthy lifestyle, eat a few sausage sangas and hang with your mates!

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BMORC BBQ Bring your bikes!

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G'day,
Things are progressing well, I made an executive decision today and purchased a pallet yes read pallet (1740 600 ml bottles) for the BBQ Saturday week.
Anyone wishing to purchase a 12 pack can do so on the day for $4.00 all monies raised going to the Knapsack project.
I was thinking let's do Coke, lemonade blah blah blah then I thought you know what let's just keep it simple water is refreshing everyone drinks it, and if there is any left over we can always use it for our work days on the new track Smiling

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BMORC BBQ at Bunnings starting to take shape

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The 15th of Jannuary is shaping up to be an exciting day for BMORC,
all the organisation for the day is falling into place.

A big thanks to Nick Bowman from IMBA Australia for chasing up the insurance to cover the volunteers on the day.

Pastoral Prime at Emu Plains for a good price on the 800 Sausages, we are cooking on the day.

The good people at Bunnings for supplying the gas, BBQ and shelter.

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Myrtle Rust located in the Blue Mountains

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As per my email to those on the list, Myrtle Rust has been identified in and around the Blue Mountains areas. BMORC have been advised by both the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the Yellowmundee Rangers separately.

Vickii provided some information as per the attached pdf, which has also been provided to the Glenrock Trail Alliance guys.

http://glenrocktrailalliance.com/node/18358

"What is Myrtle Rust?

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Knapsack Fundraising Target $3000

Hi BMORCians that is the magic number we would like to raise for the signage at Knapsack, I am worried if we will get there as I have not been receiving any support from you yet?
I need some prizes and also some people to help on the day.
Please mark the ride calander and commit, other wise I will lay road spikes in your driveway,
and scour the web until I find nerdy pictures of you and then tag them to your face book profile!
But seriously, I need to know who is going to help me on the day so we can organise stuff!

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Help!

I urgently need people to help with the BMORC BBQ on the 15th of January!!

Please register your intent to help on the ride calander only have 8 so far:-(

We will be also running a raffle and we need prizes. So email me at cutanddice@gmail and I will send you the template!

Get on board, mountain biking needs you! Bring your wife and kids too. All slaves thankfully accepted!

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BMORC BBQ Fundraiser + Volunteer request

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Hi Guys,

I need prizes for the fundariser, not everyone on here has had the chance to contribute for one reason or another well thats all about to change, below is your secret weapon to assist us with our fundraising for Knapsack.

Cut and past this letter into word create a document edit your name in and away you go, you will need the BMORC letter head, send me an email request and i will organise the file to get to you I can be reached on cutanddice@gmail.com

Once you have it in your hot little hand go out and get those prizes, we need lots!
Any questions?

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Congratulations to Jim Richter winner of the $100 Voucher from Blackman Bicycles for his councillor email

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Well Done Jim,

I was rapt to get your email, its exactly what we as a group are alooking for to thank councillors and allowthe people in the community to know that we are a legitimate group who are organised and cohesive and able to co-ordinate ourselves to acheive positive outcomes for the environment and the community.
Spend your money well, Nathan Spadaro is your contact at Blackmans, just present at the store and tell him your are there to redeem your voucher, he will assist you with your purchase

Many Thanks

Kingy

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