Community horse owners and horses take fight to NSW Parliament House

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A delegation of horses and their angry owners have today taken their fight against their eviction from Yaralla Estate directly to NSW Parliament House – with a clear message to the O’Farrell Government that they do not want to lose the paddocks they call home.

A secret deal was signed last month between two arms of the State Government – the Sydney Local Health District and NSW Police – to move the mounted police horses to the Yaralla Estate on the Parramatta River at Concord.

The local community horses are now facing eviction in only 10 days – with the State Government proceeding to force them off their paddocks on 31 May.

Documents revealed by the Labor Opposition have also confirmed the O’Farrell Government remains determined to hand the paddocks over to the Mounted Police Unit - despite the Health Department’s claims it will now open the contract to public tender.

“It’s become clear to the local community that the fix is still in,” Shadow Planning Minister Luke Foley said.

“The Health Department documents clearly show the Government still intends to boot the local horses out and award the contract to the Police.

“This Estate is a beautiful and valuable community resource right on the doorstep of the city.

“For generations local children have ridden the horses and families have used the grounds – but they are now facing being locked out of the public estate.”

“The Health Minister should listen to the local community and intervene and stop the evictions immediately.”