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Environment Minister Greg Hunt announces section of Malabar headland to be national park, riders to return

  • by: James Taylor
  • From: Southern Courier
  • March 18, 2015 12:12PM

Donna Wright from South East Equestrian club is delighted with a Federal Government decision to fix Malabar Headland’s central section and allow horse riders to return.

THE Eastern tip of Malabar headland will be declared a national park and horses will again canter along the iconic strip of southeast Sydney’s coast.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt stood overlooking the headland this morning, reaffirming that “this land will be in public hands forever” and dashing concerns of a sell-off.

The 48ha south-eastern section of the site will be transferred from the Abbott government to state government hands and declared a national park.

Under the agreement the federal government would also contribute $5 million to remediate a central section, once a controversial land dump.

The existing ANZAC Range, used by the NSW Rifle Association, will be upgraded and horse riders returned to the headland behind the shooting range.

Equestrian club spokeswoman Donna Wright has campaigned for the riders to return since they were driven off in October 2011 due to fears of asbestos contamination.

Ms Wright said it been a “very long journey” to get the horse riders back on the land.

“Just to be able to get that whole community back too ... we had children as young as five riding,” she said.

About 60 horses were removed, with many sold as there was no where else to use them.

Horses rode off the headland on October 31 2011 while it was being remediated. They are now set to return following an announcement from Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Source: News Limited

Ms Wright said a program to get people with disablity riding on the headland would be revived.

Maroubra MP Michael Daley welcomed the protection of the headland but said no one would be able to access it with a shooting range live firing.

“This announcement today depends entirely upon how quickly the government can remediate the rifle range site, so that people can get access to the eastern part of the headland,” Mr Daley said.

“Because you can’t have a national park operating in the middle of a live shooting range.”

 “The sooner you clean up the range and relocate the shooters, the sooner the whole can be turned over to the public.”

In 2012 the NSW Rifle Association successfully fought a Labor government attempt to evict them from the 100ha central headland section.

The shooters have been offered $15 million headquarters in Western Sydney as an incentive to move off the land.

The announcement comes two months after a Department of Finance report surfaced detailing a mixed-used development on the site would generate a “significant return” in less than four years.

But on the same day the document came to light, which said redevelopment could net up to $1 billion, Mr Hunt went on radio to rule out the sale.

Mr Hunt said he expected to transfer authority to the state government in the next six months.

Remediation of the central headland section is expected to take about the same time.



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Holly | Reply 05.08.2015 11.27

Do you do agistment ?

Donna 18.08.2015 08.21

We do agistment, but currently no spaces available. You can email me on to register your interest in a position.

Jasmin | Reply 23.07.2015 20.27

Hi, I was just wondering if it would be possible to book a group trail ride for 12-16 people, and how much that would cost? Additionally, where are you located?

Donna 18.08.2015 08.23

Sorry, we dont do trail rides. We do riding lessons

Leesa | Reply 13.02.2015 19.55

How do I find out where in the eastern surburbs I can find a spot for a horse please call me on 0415030856

Donna 18.08.2015 08.25

Sorry Leesa, I missed this message. You can email me on

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18.08 | 08:28

Hi Bianca, sorry, I think we missed this message. Yes, we do lessons. Ring Carissa on 0499 790 011

18.08 | 08:25

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18.08 | 08:23

Sorry, we dont do trail rides. We do riding lessons

18.08 | 08:21

We do agistment, but currently no spaces available. You can email me on to register your interest in a position.

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