Dog poo, bike jumps and trampled habitat – loving our parks to death in lockdown – the Age – 22 October 2020

22 October 2020The Age Melbourne residents have utilised the green space in their neighbourhoods so much during the COVID-19 lockdown that rangers and conservationists warn we are loving our parks to death. Shopping strips and pubs are empty and most are still banned from visiting loved ones at home. Instead, parks and trails are brimming … Continue reading Dog poo, bike jumps and trampled habitat – loving our parks to death in lockdown – the Age – 22 October 2020

Trail use spikes – be a trail legend – Yarra Ranges Council – 22 October 2020

22 October 2020Yarra Ranges Council Please note: Despite the photo of bikers on this news item on Yarra Ranges website, the 40% spike increase was not only in walkers not bike riders, but bike riding on the trails fell. This means that locals prefer to walk rather than ride a bike. Yarra Ranges Council is … Continue reading Trail use spikes – be a trail legend – Yarra Ranges Council – 22 October 2020

Environmental Effect Statement – 3 September 2020

Make a submission about the Environmental Effects of the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project. This is not just about the effect on our natural environment, but also our social environment, our local amenity, our heritage, other activities in our area. https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/browse-projects/projects/warburton-mountain-bike-destination?fbclid=IwAR1QAxWKe2uUmA4IG88lXC7X87AC5ka3hX9Q8qbUpsgwOvs-8Xl9VjsjHos    

The pain was unbelievable – trail bike rider who fell 10m down a mine shaft to sue – Sydney Morning Herald – 10 July 2020

10 July 2020Sydney Morning Herald A tradesman who fell ten metres down an unmarked mine shaft while trail biking with his son in a state forest is preparing to sue the Forestry Corporation of NSW. Brad Osborne, a 53-year-old concreter, was knocked unconscious, broke ribs and both ankles, dislocated his arm, fractured a shoulder, tore … Continue reading The pain was unbelievable – trail bike rider who fell 10m down a mine shaft to sue – Sydney Morning Herald – 10 July 2020

Adventure tourism businesses close as insurers refuse coverage

10 June 2020ABC News Unable to access insurance, several long-running adventure tourism businesses have shut up shop and fear their sector is in jeopardy. Key points: Adventure tourism operations are shutting down after insurers refuse to provide public liability insuranceBrokers and industry representatives say such coverage is becoming "financially unviable" for insurers around the worldThe … Continue reading Adventure tourism businesses close as insurers refuse coverage

Stay Home: Social distancing concerns as Victorians flock to hotspots – 3AW – 25 May 2020

25 May 20203AW FIRST ON 3AW It seems Victoria has decided it’s time to emerge, prompting concerns about a lack of social distancing and road safety. 3AW has been alerted to several reports of enormous crowds enjoying the outdoors yesterday. Neil Mitchell was sent a video from a listener yesterday showing an unseasonally large amount … Continue reading Stay Home: Social distancing concerns as Victorians flock to hotspots – 3AW – 25 May 2020

Emergency Departments evolving with trauma – The Examiner – 10 January 2020

10 January 2020The Examiner +5 The popularity of Tasmania's growing mountain bike industry is not just being felt on the trails themselves. The state's emergency departments have also experienced a spike in presentations related to mountain bike trauma, with an increase in the number and severity of injuries presenting to the Launceston General, Scottsdale and … Continue reading Emergency Departments evolving with trauma – The Examiner – 10 January 2020

Pain from short term stays – Mountain Views Mail – 21 June, 2019

"Over the past year I have been contacted by many constituents concerned about the growing popularity of online hospitality services like Airbnb and Stayz, and some of the impacts these services have on the Yarra Valley." https://mountainviews.mailcommunity.com.au/news/2019-06-21/pain-from-short-term-stays/?fbclid=IwAR0x-9On69zyUZ4PQGefXvnanQ8JTuuec7PfZ3A8z3CGBjdwTqvATKAmMp0

After Everest, we have to rethink the places we are loving to death – The Guardian – 19 June 2019

Cheap flights, internet bookings, opportunistic businesses and no small amount of status competition is driving record crowds towards popular destinations. In 1995, global tourist arrivals numbered 525 million; last year, they reached 1.4 billion. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/19/after-everest-we-have-to-rethink-the-places-we-are-loving-to-death?fbclid=IwAR2ecwUf3OZAWs8M-C-9X_i1cdNvMe4Ga0zAMhBGTgLhS4F2RX3wzyeR7cI