Community horse owners at Yaralla estate lodge cyberbullying complaint

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Community horse owners and local residents have today made a formal complaint to NSW Police over allegations of cyberbullying from some members of the Mounted Police Unit, it has been revealed.

Members of the ‘Save the Horses at Yaralla Concord’ are fighting a secret O’Farrell Government deal to kick community horse owners off the historic Yaralla Estate and restrict public access to the popular site.

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

Community members whose horses are currently agisted on the estate lands have been served eviction notices and given until 31 May to vacate.

“I’m a great admirer of the Mounted Police Unit, they do outstanding work every day,” Shadow Planning Minister and local resident Luke Foley said.

“The NSW Mounted Police Unit is the oldest continually operating mounted police unit in the world, and was formed in 1825.

“I’m very surprised and disturbed to learn about allegations of cyberbullying against the Save the Horses group.

“No one should have to deal with cyberbullying. The community horse owners and local families who frequent the paddocks for walking, horse riding and picnics are already in shock after the O’Farrell Government gave them until 31 May to be off the public estate.

“I want to see our police horses continue to be well looked after, but this shouldn’t have to come at the expense of the community because of a secret government deal.

“We know that no Expression of Interest (EOI) or public tender process was conducted before the government signed over the horse paddocks to the mounted police and there has been no transparency around why the licence with horseowners was terminated.

“There are also serious concerns that public access will now be restricted at the estate, because of the understandable security requirements for the mounted police horses.

“Health Minister Jillian Skinner should listen to the community and stop the removal of local community horses from the Yaralla Estate.”

The Save the Horses at Yaralla Concord Facebook page is available at: www.facebook.com/SaveTheHorsesAtYarallaConcord