Going off track

Why do some individuals belief that they have the unmitigated right to destroy endangered ecological communities and sensitive bushland for their own personal mountain bike trail? Why do they feel it is their entitlement to create such devastation and take from not just us, but from our children and their children the magnificent natural beauty of the bush and the opportunity for our children to see our magnificent natural environment?

Illegal mountain bike ramp, Bradleys Road Reserve North Avoca.

27 July 2021


SO, why is it important to protect the environment?


Healthy ecosystems clean our water, purify our air, maintain our soil, regulate the climate, recycle nutrients and provide us with food. They provide raw materials and resources for medicines and other purposes. They are at the foundation of all civilisation and sustain our economies.


Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.


The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, or sad, or helpless. This in turn elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A pleasing environment reverses that.


And regardless of age or culture, humans find nature pleasing.


So, why is that some individuals still believe that nature is only there to be destroyed for their own self-serving interests? They are more interested in moment and their own personal gratification than concerning themselves with the future and what we, as a species, leave behind.


Nature is beauty and is there for everyone to enjoy, not destroy.


The Gosford area, in particular the natural bushland ridge areas, is the way it is because of past environmental activists who had long-term thinking. Determined, strong of voice, educated and passionate individuals like Allen and Beryl Strom and Marie Byles, who saw the beauty and  environmental value of the area.


We have these people along with others,  to thank for the natural areas that remain. We also have a responsibility as residents and caretakers of the Central Coast’s natural environment to ensure these magical and magnificent places are kept and not sliced up bit by bit.


But bit by bit the community is clawing back the damage caused by those who don’t care and who are hellbent on erecting illegal striations, such as bike ramps.


The Central Coast Branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation (CCACF), along with other community environmentalists met with Central Coast Council staff and Director Scott Cox on Monday 19 July to discuss the ongoing issue of illegal mountain bike structures and damage to Coastal open space system (COSS)


The Members of  CCACF were impressed Central Coast Council took the initiative to begin removal and remediation of these risky, illegal structures in the Bradleys Road Reserve at North Avoca. However. they questioned why the Central Coast Council stopped work on that site.


Mark Ellis, president of  CCACF, expressed his concern and said, "why has the work stopped? It is obvious the impact that the remaining illegal structures within the Coastal Open Space System will have on the environment."


"Central Coast Council continues to be liable for any injury from these unsafe  structures by either riders or walkers,” said Mark Ellis.


Ellis expressed concern that council’s risk hierarchies are too slow to be implemented, especially when they have been notified of such illegal structures.


"We  strongly encourage the Central Coast Council to remove any further structures, which are drawn to the council’s attention either in Bradleys Road Reserve or on other council lands,” said Mark Ellis.


"We also encourage members of the public to report these structures to the council, as the council has an obligation and responsibility to ensure the safety of the public and that environmental land is protected.


"The Central Coast Council also has a responsibility to ensure the Bradleys Road Reserve Conservation Agreement is followed, and the many endangered ecological communities in the reserve are protected from mindless destruction.


"We  look forward to meeting with director Scott Cox again in the future to further discuss the ongoing environmental protection of COSS and the process of remediation from the many illegal mountain bike structures on council lands".


Environmentalist Joy Cooper said, “take the time to go off the official tracks and see for yourself the destruction and damage occurring.

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