New horse riding opportunities in national parks

Environment Minister Robyn Parker today announced new opportunities for horse riders to experience the beauty of the state’s national parks.

Horseriding is a popular activity allowed in some national parks

Ms Parker released the proposed eight new regional action plans to improve horse riding opportunities in NSW.

“Horse lovers and riders have passionately supported the NSW Government’s commitment to increasing their access to our national parks in a safe and sustainable way,” Ms Parker said.

“The regional action plans were developed after successful workshops with local horse riders across the state to identify priorities for new horse riding opportunities.

“Plans have now been developed for each of these regions, outlining what actions NPWS will undertake over the next three years to improve horse riding in our parks.

“Actions include providing new horse riding access to trails, constructing small trail extensions to form loop trails, providing horse camping and parking facilities, and installing signage, horse friendly gates, and other important infrastructure.

“The NPWS works with local horse riding groups to deliver these new horse riding facilities.”

The new opportunities are part of the NSW Government’s horse-riding strategy, Strategic Directions for Horse-riding in NSW National Parks, released last November.

“Encouraging sustainable horse riding is another way we are fulfilling the Government’s election commitment to provide more opportunities for people to experience our national parks in a planned and responsible way,” Ms Parker said.

Regional horse-riding action plans for the: Far South Coast, Northern Rivers, Southern Ranges, Blue Mountains, Central Coast/Hunter, Lower North Coast, Northern Tablelands, Northern Sydney and proposed Amendments to the management plans for Kosciuszko National Park, Mummel Gulf National Park and Far South Coast Escarpment Parks are available at https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/consult.