National Parks to be reopened to horse riders-

The NSWERA's very hard working course preservation delegate, Fiona Meller is a integral part of action taking place across Australia in a bid to open National Parks to horse riders once more. Please see the below information and reports from Fiona to keep up to date with all the latest going ons.

Trails to be opened to horses around NSW!

The "blame game" is over, and instead of pointing fingers at horse riders and accusing us of damaging the bush, for the first time in many years, the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) is working with us instead of against us. NPWS is looking at the possibility of opening up more tracks for recreational horse riding, and they want to hear from riders about where you would like to ride.

Options include

reopening trails closed to horses in the past

rediscovering forgotten or disused trails

allowing horses where never previously permitted

creating new link trails to form loop rides

NPWS will focus on areas of highest demand, with particular attention on tracks with cultural heritage significance, and tracks and areas where horse riders would like to have opportunities to ride.

Is there a track YOU would like opened to horse riders?

If so ask yourself three questions:

Where would I like to be able to ride?

Why would I like to ride there?

What connecting links between trails would create loop rides?

Once you have answered these questions, identify the trails or locations.

draw them on a map

describe them using specific place, trail or road names

mark any obstacles to access like locked gates, cattle grids or fences

if possible, identify the park they are in

Include information on why you and others would like to ride there, and provide your contact details in case we need more information – you may be asked to show NPWS the trails or areas.

Send the above information to:

 Fiona Meller, PO Box 147, Kurmond NSW 2757.

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And remember... Be patient – it wont happen overnight. Some changes will be quicker than others, and highest priority will be given to the quick wins which are low cost and easy to do. Some changes will require legislative amendments by State Parliament.

Most importantly, please dont anticipate by riding on trails BEFORE they are officially open to horses, and dont create any new link trails without consulting NPWS first. If we jump the gun we could get ourselves into all sorts of trouble. All of this doesn't mean we CAN ride in these places yet, only that we have taken a major step towards being able to.

What caused this huge turnaround from NPWS? It's a direct result of the change of state government, the outcome from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Liberal/National Coalition, the Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group and the Australian Horse Alliance. Â [Click here to see the full Memorandum of UnderstandingMoU_signed_20_11_06.]

[For more details, click on the link below to see my full report to the AGM.AGM Presentation]

Fiona Meller

Historical Reports



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