Local horses barred from returning to Yaralla Estate paddocks

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Labor’s Luke Foley today said local Concord residents will be disappointed that horses will no longer be seen in the Yaralla Estate paddocks after a decision from the O’Farrell Government to refuse a return of local horses and their owners.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner today claimed that the Yaralla Estate would be converted into public parkland – but made it clear horses would not be returning to the paddocks they called home for decades.

 

The Government recently evicted around 30 horses owned by members of the local community from the public paddocks at the historic Yaralla Estate in Concord.

The decision is the subject to an ongoing parliamentary inquiry.

“Local families will be disappointed that the Yaralla Estate paddocks will never again house horses,” Mr Foley said.

“This confirms what I have been saying for months - that the local Health Service have been running a vendetta against the local horses and owners.

“There should be room for both public use and horse agistment at the Yaralla Estate.”

Mr Foley has previously revealed:

• A secret deal was signed between two arms of the Government to move the Mounted Police horses to the Yaralla Estate without going to tender – at the expense of local community horses;
• Following intense scrutiny, the Government was forced to put the contract out for public tender, but internal Health documents confirmed the fix was still in and the Mounted Police was still the preferred tenderer;
• The Government originally entered into a ‘mates rates’ deal with the Mounted Police, signing away the public paddocks for a fraction of what community horse owners were paying; and
• A Liberal Party donor wrote the ‘independent’ audit that was used by the Health Minister and her bureaucrats to force the local horses off the estate.