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Central Tablelands Mountain Bike Club Trail Volunteer Guidelines


The goal of volunteer trail workers is to assist Central Tablelands Mountain Bike Club (CTMBC) officials with the basic construction and maintenance of the trails in our area under our care.

Before carrying out trail work, volunteers must:

  • Read, understand this CTMBC Trail building Volunteer Guideline form.
  • Familiarise themselves with the IMBA trail building standards and tips which can be found at http://www.imba.com/resources/trail-building
  • Ok any planned major works with a CTMBC representive, describing the location (trail or trail section), type of work performed and the time and duration of the work.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, sturdy footwear, gloves, a high-visibility vest, protective eyewear and appropriate sun protection.
  • Ensure they have an appropriate amount of water and food on hand for the time specified.
  • Ensure they are fit and healthy to work in an outdoor environment and have a basic knowledge of any tools which may be used.
  • Ensure appropriate signage and barricades are in place on the trails in which work is being conducted in order to alert oncoming riders of the work ahead.
  • Ensure all tools and footwear are clean and disinfected before entering the trail area. Tools should be thoroughly cleaned a disinfected before and after use to help prevent the spread of soil born diseases between areas.
  • Ensure all entry/exit to and from work areas is to be along the trail alignment only - don't walk through virgin bushland which could disturb vegetation, leaf litter or native fauna.
  • Ensure at all times, minimise the amount of ground disturbance to only that which is necessary for efficient construction.

Volunteer trail workers may perform the following work without seeking permission from a CTMBC representative:

  • Clear the trail of any loose debris, raking leaf litter and small sticks to form a berm on the down hill side of the trail.
  • Trim overhanging branches and overgrown vegetation back from trails using non-powered pruning equipment. Overhanging branches and overgrown vegetation must be cut all the way back to the stem, trunk or ground level so that no remaining sharp points are protruding.
  • Fill in small ruts,
  • Clear silted or block drainage channels back to original levels,
  • Physically remove weeds from the trail and up to 2 metres either side of the trail (the use of chemical sprays is strictly prohibited),
  • Remove rocks up to 30cm in diameter which inhibit the main line of the trail and ensure they are placed on the backs of berms to act as erosion control,

Volunteer trail workers may not:

  • Alter any features on the trail without the expressed permission and supervision of an official CTMTB representative . Features include jumps, drops, berms, rock gardens and Technical Trail Features (TTFs).
  • Build any new features on the trail without the expressed permission and supervision of an official CTMTB representative.
  • Build new trails without the expressed permission and supervision of an official CTMTB representative.

  • Use chemicals for weed control or any other purpose.
  • Alter the route or direction of any trails.
  • Remove any established trees or native vegetation from the side of trails
  • Remove large rocks/boulders, stumps or fallen trees from trails.
  • Use cement or foreign materials on trails.
  • Carry out any major repair work on trails, trail features or TTFs.
  • Light fires.

Pony Express DH track volunteers

The Pony Express DH trail is subject to strict consent conditions and has specific guidelines which must to adhered to at all times these guideline can be found here:

http://ctmbc.net/files/2010/10/Trail_Volunteer_G...

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