Informal bike jumps and tree swings
A number of bike jumps and tracks in Council parks and reserves have been built informally by community members. Council has resolved to support ad hoc active play and bicycle recreation, including unauthorised bike jump and track construction. Some rules are in place to ensure our community remains safe.
Some bike jumps and tracks pose little risk to the public and create minimal environmental impact. Other jumps and tracks are extensive, can be dangerous and result in significant damage to the environment. We assess all known bike jumps for public safety risk and environmental damage.
From time to time we also get tree swings installed in our parks and reserves by members of the community. These may be installed over rocks, or over time the rope may start to fray. To prevent public safety risk, these tree swings are removed.
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Frequently asked questions
Our parks and reserves are for everyone to enjoy. Holes and jumps can create safety hazards. Trees have been cut down in reserves, and branches broken to create jumps and tracks. Bike jump tracks have also caused erosion to grassed areas.
Ad hoc play items such as tree swings can create an unacceptable public safety risk to park users. Swings are removed if the risk is deemed unacceptable.
Construction of bike tracks can damage bushland. Our bushland contains endangered ecological communities and threatened species.
Some areas where jumps and tracks have been created contain areas of Aboriginal heritage. It’s important that we protect these areas.
- Keep bike jumps and tracks out of bushland.
- Do not cut down trees.
- Do not pile dirt against trees or dig holes around tree roots as this can affect tree health.
- Don’t dig holes in pedestrian walkways or thoroughfares.
- Don't use materials like pallets, ramps, tarpaulins, carpet and mattresses.
- Take your rubbish with you! Littering may result in the removal of bike jumps at a location.
- Don’t leave shovels, wheelbarrows and other tools in reserves.
- Damage to endangered ecological communities, threatened species or environmentally sensitive areas.
- Extensive damage to native vegetation.
- Damage to Bushcare sites.
- Damage to sporting facilities.
- Damage to Aboriginal heritage areas.
- Serious erosion issues.
- Position in an unsuitable location with safety concerns for other users. For example, where jumps and tracks are created near playgrounds for young children or pedestrian thoroughfares.
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