It’s time to move forward on mountain biking
Wollondilly Council consulted with Clouston Associates to address the future needs of Wollondilly and its open space, recreation and community facilities.
This study was completed in October 2013 and the subsequent draft open space, recreation and community facilities strategy document was presented to the council at this time.
This study has highlighted the need for mountain biking in Wollondilly.
It has been described as an appropriate use of council resources to promote the shire for tourism and possible economic growth for the local communities, as well as the obvious health benefits.
The activity of mountain biking has previously been raised with the council by local cyclists, going back to early 2012, with the Wollondilly Trailblazers MTB Club.
While the council was helpful and supportive of mountain biking taking place at Appin on Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council land, now that the strategy has been developed, finding an area or developing a facility for mountain biking is ‘‘not a priority’’.
Since the strategy was completed, the council has been contacted on numerous occasions by various enthusiastic local cyclists with questions, offers of assistance and possible locations for a mountain biking facility but still no firm plans have been advocated.
The department allocated this task cannot identify what is council or community owned or leased lands or even make the cycling community aware of these particular lands.
‘‘Sorry, we are unsure if this is council land,’’ is the reply.
Please, Mr Whoever-you-are-at-the-council, can you take the splinters from your derrière and move forward on this plan?
John McInnes, Thirlmere
Closure was absurd
Wollondilly Council closed the meeting to the public on Monday night to discuss expressions of interest for membership of the Australia Day Awards Committee. The council report claimed that legal advice had been obtained to protect the privacy of the individuals who nominated and if the information was disclosed, it would “prejudice the maintenance of law’’.
Why should the names of individuals nominating for the Australia Day Committee be protected from disclosure? And how could disclosure prejudice the maintenance of law?
Not only is the reason for closing the meeting absurd, but the community has every right to know the names of members on the Australia Day Committee.
We need to have confidence in their standing in the community.
Lynette Styles, secretary, Wollondilly Residents and Ratepayers Association Inc