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Wattagans Expo

OFFICIAL MEADIA RELEASE

SUCCESSFULL RECREATION EXPO STAGED IN WATAGAN STATE FORESTS
The First Forest Recreational Expo to celebrate the diverse and active pursuits
undertaken in the State forests of the Watagan Mountains was held Sunday 5th
November.
Forests Recreational Council Secretary and event coordinator, Mr Rod Cartwright,
said that a number of forest user groups had come together to stage the inaugural
Forest Recreation Expo at one of the Watagans most popular sites. The aim of the
expo was to showcase local forest-based recreation and sporting pursuits and give
people the opportunity to learn about the area and activities.
“The Forest Recreation Council was formed to promote responsible use of State
forests and other public lands in the Hunter Region and Central Coast,” Mr Cartwright
said. “Council membership currently includes the four-wheel drive association,
Australian Horse Alliance, Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association, Trail Riders
Action Committee, Mountain Bike Association, National Parks and Wildlife Service
and Forests NSW.
“We have tens of thousands of people visiting the Watagans each year for sport and
recreation. Many of the people using the forests are members of responsible clubs,
but many others aren’t aware of the groups or the benefits of being a member.
“Forests NSW are working with the Forest Recreation Council to encourage
responsible use of State forests, and also to develop a partnership approach to the
management of many issues like anti-social behaviour and dumping of rubbish.”
“The Watagan forests are vital for our recreational pursuits, providing the opportunity
for locals and tourists to freely enjoy the great outdoors.
Mr Cartwright said that participating associations had stalls and demonstrations at
the expo site, located at Olney Camping Area where people were able to talk to club
representatives about safe and sustainable ways to enjoy local State Forests and
national parks
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
Trail Riders Action Committee
Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association
Dirt Bike World (DBW)
Morisset Loins Club
Central Coast 4 wheel Drive Club
Central Coast Mountain Bike Club
Port Hunter 4 X 4 Club
Forests NSW
VKS Radio Network
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Australian Horse Alliance
Land Rover Owners Club
Range Rover 4wd Club
Sugarloaf Four Wheel Drive Club
Newcastle Land Rover Club
Mangrove Mountain Community Group
The Inaugural event has been regarded as a huge success and thanks must go to
all the participants. The planning for 2007 starts this week.
MEDIA CONTACT Trailbikerallys@bipond.com.au
or Rod Cartwright 0427277888
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Jeeeeeze there's a lot of 4 wheel drive clubs thrashing the place, give it a wide berth methinks!
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Jeeeeeze there's a lot of 4 wheel drive clubs thrashing the place, give it a wide berth methinks!
See thats the attitude i think we dont need inthe end we are all there for the same reason to enjoy the bush weather it be 4wd,bikes,mountian bikes or walkers or horses!!!!!!!

Have been 4wd & riding the Watties for years and havent really seen it detoriate in all that time from 4wdrives or bikes or horses.

The photo is good the guy in jacket is my 4wd clubs 4wd rep so good to see

Lets all enjoyit together

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we'll go nowhere by ourselves we need 4wders
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I try to go where they're not.
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Have been 4wd & riding the Watties for years and havent really seen it detoriate in all that time from 4wdrives or bikes or horses.


Mal
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Used to be able to drive my VW beetle on the sand out to the point at GHOSTIES near Catherine Hill Bay, then the Four wheelers came along and stuffed it.
Just an example
I could go on!
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Its not that I'm against 4 wheelers, they are a legitimate Forest users just as we are.

But I have seen some huge "puddles" created by 4wd drives trying to to "tuff truck type stuff in and area that can't handle it.

Having said that, if ALL forest users don't get together and try and work as one to save what we have left of our Recreaction areas then we are not going to get any where fast.
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Its not that I'm against 4 wheelers, they are a legitimate Forest users just as we are.

But I have seen some huge "puddles" created by 4wd drives trying to to "tuff truck type stuff in and area that can't handle it.

Having said that, if ALL forest users don't get together and try and work as one to save what we have left of our Recreaction areas then we are not going to get any where fast.
I think that 4 wheelers and the damage that "some of them" create could be one of the things that will make your quest with TRAC a dificult one mudrat!
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Its not that I'm against 4 wheelers, they are a legitimate Forest users just as we are.

But I have seen some huge "puddles" created by 4wd drives trying to to "tuff truck type stuff in and area that can't handle it.

Having said that, if ALL forest users don't get together and try and work as one to save what we have left of our Recreaction areas then we are not going to get any where fast.

so what does the 4wheels at trac think of your views
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