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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Oz Nutter, Sep 25, 2010.
Any distance limits?
Do you mind pointing me to a link that states that please. I cant find it on any gov sites.
Restrictions depend on where you are. But typically LGA or 5km.
I live in the largest LGA in metro Sydney, so managed a 150k ride today.
The government is being deliberately obtuse regarding what 'outdoor recreation' is, I think.
They have also confirmed other activities like sailing, fishing, etc
My LGA is rather rural and a decent size.
A bit more difficult for metropolitan folks though.
Check it out at the source Tom - not rehashes from social media
Here are the details for regiona and rural NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home
Note that you can "exercise and take outdoor recreation within your local government area or, if you need to cross into another local government area, stay within 5km of your home"
My LGA (Yass) includes the whole Brindies NP
Yeh - the rules are all there in black and white, but no definition of "outdoor recreation", nor any definition of "outdoor area" (where you by law should be wearing a mask). (hint. "outdoor area" is not the whole of "outdoors").
Clear as mud.
Hence the link to social media (one from an MP, the other a post from the NSW government on fakebook). Its at least some excuse when the rozzers want to argue the point.
There is a separate page about Common Questions about the Rules: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/changes
Here it states, for example, that: 'Exercise is an activity that requires physical effort and is designed to maintain or improve health. Examples include running, walking, cycling, water sports or swimming. Recreation includes outdoor leisure activities such as sitting for relaxation, or to eat, drink or read outdoors. Provided you follow the rules for your local area, going outdoors for exercise and recreation is allowed ... " etc
The physical limits of where you can take outdoor exercise or recreation have been defined (LGAs etc)
In a generic sense, and for almost everyone in the population, it's hard to see that this could be much clearer really - motos are probably one exception, as they are vehicles and yet you are not in anything and are taking recreation - recreation on trailbikes concerns such a minor part of the population that it hasn't been a priority to resolve this unequivocally
But even if a fine was given, it would be difficult to see how it could stick given the latitude above
You could be in a bit of bother if there are more than 2 of you though, I think exercise is only allowed with 1 other.
Somebody posted on the Canberra Motorbike riders FB page that they rode their bike on Uriarra Rd with a view for ride on some trails and was pulled up by a copper in a 4wd. The copper said that this time around, they were focusing on keeping people close to their homes. Took the riders details, no charges but said a blat out in the country was not on!
That's ACT - their regs are completely different
The discussion above (incl. citations from the website) was about NSW
You should be ok though col. You haven't got 2 friends have you?
Well I was going to ask you if you wanted to come for a spin Dennis, to help you out. But I'm hurt now so you can ride by yourself.
Page 5 suggests that a ride out the Brindies could be ok.... What do you guys think ?
Can always ask for forgiveness after
Trail bike riding is not only a recreational activity, it is a sport as defined by the European Sports Charter; ESC Sport Definition namely:
"’Sport’ means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels.”
In the meantime, I'm trying to get a permit to travel to Woden tomorrow for an MRI, lots of red tape and a sometimes confusing set of criteria to wade through online
(a) the doc also states that "You should exercise in your region wherever possible."
(b) the Brindies (Brind NP) are actually in NSW ...
Anyone local with a wood lathe, an hour to spare and wants a case of beer?
Try your local men’s shed..you never know what they might have..
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