Dirt Bikes on Council Reserves

29th September 2020
Motorbike/ Dirt bike riding is a popular leisure activity in and around Port Augusta, Stirling North, Blanche Harbor and Miranda, however local riders need to remember there are strict rules governing where Dirt bikes can be driven.

Motorbike/ Dirt bike riding is a popular leisure activity in and around Port Augusta, Stirling North, Blanche Harbor and Miranda, however local riders need to remember there are strict rules governing where Dirt bikes can be driven.

The use of Dirt bikes in Council reserves and coastal areas (Local Government land that is open to and accessible by the public) - where tracks are not constructed for the purpose of Dirt bike riding is a breach of clause 9.39.1 of the Council’s Local Government Land By-law.

Dirt bikes are classified as a ‘motor vehicle’ under the Road Traffic Act 1961 which means Dirt bike riders are subject to the same road rules which apply for cars and other motor vehicles, including registration requirements.

Driving an unregistered Dirt bike on Council reserves is an offence under section 9(1) of the Motor Vehicles Act 1959; and Dirt bikes driven over walking trails that are primarily used by pedestrians is an offence under rule 288 of the Australian Road Rules. Both of these offences attract fines.

Motorbikes/Dirt bikes are prohibited in Council Reserves because they can impact negatively on the community in a number of ways, including:

  • Noise and dust can affects neighbour and disturbs wildlife
  • Erosion and damage to soil and vegetation can occur
  • The safety of residents and visitors using these public spaces can be jeopardised.

There are groups and amenities that cater for Motor Bike/Dirt bike riding Port Augusta which can be sourced via social media.

For futher information please contact Council’s Media and Communications Officer on (08) 8641 9100

JOHN BANKS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
29/09/2020