UNREGISTERED motorcycles are increasingly a problem in Raymond Terrace and especially on the Lakeside Trail.
At the recent Council meeting on April 26, 2022, a report was presented to Councilors on the Council’s management approach.
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Port Stephens Council Assets Section Manager John Maretich said the council is taking a collaborative approach, working with local police to deal with illegal motorbikes.
“NSW Police have recently requested the assistance of Port Stephens Council, neighboring councils and other major landowners such as National Parks and Hunter Water Corporation to try to tackle the activity.
“Currently, the police are running programs including education and monitoring with the aim of reducing illegal motorcycling activities and have requested the assistance of the Council through the collaboration of education, communication and information “, Mr. Maretich said.
Mr Maretich said after reviewing physical barrier options along Lakeside with police, there was an indication it may not have the desired effect due to the trail’s easy access to reserves neighbours.
“When confronted with barriers, illegal cyclists may be forced to enter further into adjacent properties/reserves and still access the trail between the physical barriers.
“Furthermore, the placement of physical barriers can lead to risky behavior by illegal cyclists on the road network, which raises further concerns and risks for the public and legal drivers on our road network,” said Mr. Maretich.
Port Stephens Council said it would continue to work with police to reduce illegal motorcycling activity.
Port Stephens Hunter Police District believe this combined illegal motorcycle program will provide a better outcome than spending funds on barrier options there.
By Tara Campbell