Volunteer and Events Coordinator
Leanne Robb, as our sole employee, energetically runs the Perth office and has prime responsibility for coordinating both the volunteer and event programs. All other operational activities including maintaining links with government agencies, community organisations and sponsors, as well as conducting our annual end-to-end Epic ride are now the direct responsibility of the individual board members.
“ My involvement with the Munda Biddi Trail started in the winter of 2002 after seeing a double page spread in the travel section of the weekend edition of The Western Australian newspaper featuring this new off-road cycle trail through the bush. We (my husband Bill, daughter Samantha and I) were into bushwalking and cycling round the river at the time and our attention was captured by the newspaper editorial and soon after we were hooked on exploring the Munda Biddi Trail” – Leanne Robb
Leanne has a long history with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation since her family purchased a membership in 2002.
In 2005 she qualified as a Ride Guide and soon after trained as a trail maintenance volunteer and adopted Section 1 of the Trail from the northern terminus at Sculpture Park, Mundaring to Mundaring Weir Hotel – one of the most used sections of the Munda Biddi Trail.
Between 2010 and 2014, Leanne worked for the Department of Environment and Conservation (now Parks and Wildlife) on the Munda Biddi Trail project as the Administration Officer. She also served on the MBTF Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012.
Since 2014 Leanne has been employed by the Foundation as the Volunteer and Events Coordinator.
In addition to Leanne’s long association with the Trail, she brings with her a high level of Trail knowledge and experience. She has competed three unsupported long distance rides on the Munda Biddi Trail on her hard tail Giant Yukon mountain bike:
- 2010 (September): Nannup to Mundaring, 498km over two weeks. In 2010 the Trail ended in Nannup, the remainder of the Trail through to Albany was under construction.
- 2013 (October): Nannup to Albany, 552km over two weeks. Leanne says “to finish off what we had started and ride the newly constructed Trail to Albany”. The Trail was completed in April 2013.
- 2014 (August): Mundaring to Albany, 1050km in 16 days. Leanne on why she took on the challenging timeframe: “for the challenge I only had two weeks in between finishing at Parks and Wildlife and starting at the Foundation, plus I wanted to ride the entire Trail in one go”.
If you require assistance in planning your next Munda Biddi Trail adventure, Leanne works Monday to Thursday at the Foundation office, which is located at 105 Cambridge Street, West Leederville, Ph: (08) 6336 9699.