At the end of this month, on the same weekend the 2020 Transmoto 12-Hour was initially scheduled to run at Batemans Bay (Feb 28 – Mch 1), the Transmoto crew will be heading down to Buckenbowra to help repair the badly damaged land. One of the properties is owned by Lyndon Heffernan, Transmoto Events’ Course Director and off-road royalty!
If you’ve had the pleasure of riding the 12-Hour over the years – or any other Transmoto event, for that matter – you’ve probably had Heffo, one of his sons, or the Buckenbowra Billy-Goats pull you out of a ditch, get you moving again or cart your damaged bike back to the pits. For many years, Heffo and neighbours have opened their tracks and paddocks to the Transmoto 12-Hour, providing some of the best riding on offer in this country. And over the past nine years, more than 5000 riders have taken part in the annual 12-Hour event.
On NYE, with both 12-Hour properties right in the path of the fire, houses and sheds were lost, bush tracks destroyed, and fences twisted – meaning lots of clean-up is required. This led to the inevitable postponement of the 10th anniversary Transmoto 12-Hour until October, 2020.
To pitch in, we will be running a series of Working Bee weekends down at the Buckenbowra properties; to help the owners fix up their land and re-build the course for the 12-Hour in October.
If you want to get involved, we would love to have you along for the weekend. Here’s all the information, and the link to volunteer…
- Working Bee #1: Friday, Feb 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Arrive from 2pm on Friday, depart 2pm on Sunday.
- Working Bee #2: TBA
Buckenbowra, NSW. The GPS to the property will be sent to all volunteers after registering. Camping available on the property.
Each Working Bee weekend will be limited to 30 volunteers – first in, best dressed. You must register prior to the weekend. Register here.
What should I bring?
We will be repairing fences, rebuilding a damaged shed, and clearing tracks and trails.
Here are a few things that would be handy:
- Bobcats (let us know if you have access to one)
- Cordless power tools
- Fencing equipment (if you can get your hands on ring-lock fencing or barbed wire, please bring it)
- Protective equipment (steel caps, glasses, gloves, earmuffs)
- Bikes and riding gear (for getting around and maybe a cheeky trailride)
- Camping gear
- Fuel, beer, snacks and plenty of upbeat banter (Transmoto will be throwing on the BBQs).
Anything else I need to know?
Once you’ve signed up, more details will be shared closer to the weekend. To support the businesses in the region, we will be taking empty eskies and empty jerry cans and buying local. Please aim to do the same.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers. Hope to see you there.