There will be many horse-riders in our shire celebrating their returned access to historic bridle-tracks once locked up in wilderness areas.
While the Greens have lambasted NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker for the move to increase horse-riding opportunities in national parks, many people will support it,
The two-year pilot is to be strictly monitored and could be a win for everyone.
There’s unlikely to be a stampede into these wilderness areas and horse-riders are hardly renowned as environmental vandals.
The tracks are part of our cultural history – use them or lose them, it’s as simple as that.
The State Govern-ment’s plan to provide better, sustainable horse-riding opportunities in parks over coming years is also to be welcomed.
The Greens’ claim that 4WDs could be next seems slightly hysterical and will do little to win over the average voter.
The aim is to balance the demand for recreational opportunities, which give people a better understanding and appreciation of our national parks, while protecting the very values that draw people to them.
Horse-riders now have two years to prove they can ride that narrow trail.