Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…read more
Conservationists outraged at horse riding trial in NSW wilderness areas
Declared wilderness areas in New South Wales are set to open for horse riding in a move that has been slammed by conservationists.
The NSW Government's two-year trial, which commences this week, will run in four national parks in the state's south-east, and includes 32 kilometres of trail in Kosciuszko National Park.
NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker says the pilot "will operate within a comprehensive monitoring framework and will be adaptively managed."
However, environmental groups are concerned the plan will open areas to high-impact use that are meant to be afforded the most protection due to their conservation values.
Colong Foundation for Wilderness Director Keith Muir, says opening the areas to horse riding will damage the previously protected environment.
Muir told the ABC "it will lead to environmental degradation, weeds, pathogens and erosion which comes from large herbivores using areas that are in a pristine state," he said.
"It is this degradation that makes this proposal so wrong."
Muir says some of the areas have already been damaged in the lead-up to the trial, adding "last year, we went and inspected the Burra Oulla wilderness and saw a track being formed in the declared wilderness.
"Burrawang palms were being hacked apart by machetes [and] chainsaws. Granite boulders with orange paint on them and vast amounts of tape marking this apparent route, which they claim is a historic route for horse riding."
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service says the trial focuses on existing tracks and trails.
22nd August 2013 - CONSERVATION AND TOURISM NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE IN VICTORIA’S NATIONAL PARKS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…read more
NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…read more
ETP Turf is a leading Australian specialty agronomic turf consultancy that supply a wide range of services and solutions for the professional turf market, Councils and sporting facilities. Our range…read more
PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…read more
Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…read more
Trisley's Hydraulic Services P/L (THS) are a specialised pool company dealing with all aspects of the commercial swimming pool industry, including the installation and servicing from the smallest…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!