Community horse owners stage overnight vigil on eve of horses' eviction


Local community horse owners at Yaralla Estate will hold an overnight vigil on the eve of their eviction – with the Health Minister still refusing to step in and provide a stay of execution for the horses.

A secret deal was recently signed between the Sydney Local Health District and NSW Police to move the mounted police horses to the Yaralla Estate on the Parramatta River at Concord – at the expense of local community horses.

Despite overwhelming community outrage, with two community meetings both attracting over 500 people, and pleas from the horse owners for the Minister to act - the horses will be forced to leave the paddocks they have called home tomorrow morning.

“These defiant horses and their owners are still standing at the final hurdle,” Shadow Planning Minister Luke Foley.

“This is an equine scandal of far greater substance than the More Joyous affair.

“It is a scandal that the community and local horse owners are being forced off a public estate because of a secret deal by the O’Farrell Government.

“This is a jewel in Sydney’s crown right in the heart of the city that has been open to the public to enjoy for generations.

“The Minister needs to overrule her bureaucrats and intervene to save the homes of these horses.

“As a show of solidarity I will be joining the horses and their owners tonight in their last ditch vigil.”

Note: The horse owners will be available tonight for photos and interviews from 6.30pm at the Yaralla Estate, Nullawarra Avenue, Concord