Horse causes upset
Horses were prohibited on Long Beach by Eurobodalla Shire Council regulation for public safety.
Some years ago, several trainers used Long Beach to gallop their horses illegally at low tide when the beach presents a hard flat surface.
One day, a jockey fell off galloping at the western end. The horse continued east and onto the grass verge next to Bay Road where I was walking. That placed me in front of a riderless horse galloping towards me.
The only protection was an overhead light pole. I stood behind the pole as the horse galloped past, as wide-eyed and frightened as I was. It stopped at the dead-end of Bay Road. Finally, the breathless jockey, who had run over a kilometre, took the reins and led it away to the float. The situation could have resulted in beach users being trampled. Most children would not have known to get out of the way.
Another trainer often used the full length of Long Beach to gallop a horse in both directions. He had no regard for school-aged children and rode during holidays.
Incidents like that caused me to ask the copuncil to send a ranger at low tide during holidays. I had complained every holidays for the past three years and (they) still had not sent a ranger.
Then the council did send a ranger and caught a trainer. I was called as a witness. The prosecution was successful and that ended the era of horses being ridden on Long Beach for several decades.
Now the council has made riding legal on Long Beach and has compromised community safety. The council has no measures to prevent a riderless horse from galloping through beach users. Restricting riding to a fenced area would have provided public safety.
Beach users should not be placed in the position where we do not feel safe.
Relay back in the Bay
Registrations are now open for one of the most celebrated community movements in the fight against cancer.
After two very successful years being hosted in Narooma, Eurobodalla Relay For Life will take place at MacKay Park, Bateman’s Bay on Saturday, April 13.
Organised by passionate local volunteers, Eurobodalla Relay For Life gives the community a chance to join forces in support of everyone affected by cancer, have fun at a community festival, and raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s world-class research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
Eurobodalla Relay For Life brings the community together to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost, and empower locals to raise money to fight back against cancer.
Eurobodalla Relay For Life is open to the entire community to enjoy live entertainment and activities. It’s about taking something really serious that affects too many of us and doing something about it in a fun way so we can work towards a cancer free future for all.
Relay For Life welcomes locals of all ages to partake in a fun-filled event. Teams of friends, families and colleagues raise money in the lead up to Relay For Life, where team members take turns walking around a track to signify that cancer never rests, so neither do we.
Since it’s inception, the community has raised almost $630,000 at Eurobodalla Relay. This year we are hoping to raise another $30,000 for local Cancer Council initiatives such as Transport To Treatment, In home help, Affordable Accommodation when patients are required to travel for treatment, Advocacy, Cancer Council Information Services including free financial, emotional and legal support services, prevention programs.
Join the Relay For Life movement and register today at www.relayforlife.org.au