Horse riders losing trails
BY NADINE FISHER
"WHAT are we supposed to do, ride on the road and be abused by motorists?"
That's the question being posed by Currumbin District Horse Club activities officer Tanja Kraus in light of a proposal by the Queensland Government to register State Forests as National Parks.
Ms Kraus, who has lived in Currumbin Valley all her life, said she was angry and frustrated with the announce- ment about the move which would restrict access by horseriders.
With growing restrictions on access to areas for trail and pleasure riding in south-east Queensland, clubs such as the Currumbin organisation are having to look interstate.
Ms Kraus said their club travelled down to Cabarita annually to camp at the Cabarita Pony Club and ride on the beach.
"We have been banned from riding along the creek at Cabarita and I'm sure horseriders will be banned from Cabarita beach before too long," she said.
"At the moment it's the only Tweed beach we can ride on and we are not allowed on any Gold Coast beaches."
Ms Kraus said horse clubs had many children and teenagers as members and instead of being encouraged to continue with physical activity they were being pushed out of areas to ride.
"I remember being able to go out and ride for hours in the bush and I was taught to appreciate and respect it," she said.
"Now the government wants to lock everyone out of the State forests, but they have no trouble selling off land to be cleared by developers.
"How are our children and future generations going to appreciate a bushland that is locked away for preservation?"
Ms Kraus said horseriders did less damage in forest areas than the natural environment.