Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said that plans to allow horse riders into the Weddin Mountains National Park will help to boost tourism in the local area

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced a NSW Government plan to allow use of the Weddin Mountains National Park to small groups of horse riders, between the months of March and May.
“The Weddin Mountains National Park holds great conservation significance and historical value to the Weddin Shire, and offers opportunities for the local community members and visitors to the region to enjoy some time out in a natural setting.” Ms Cooke said.
“With the spectacular scenery and renewed interest in the gold-mining era and bushranger activities, allowing small groups of riders to come to the Park will undoubtedly increase tourism to the area, while at the same time, protect the flora and fauna species within the Park.”
Amendments to the Park Management Plan will now allow individual horse riders, and small groups of no more than 16 at any given time, to enjoy a 20 kilometre riding loop, made up of the Weddin Gap, Black Spring and Stoney Creek trails.
These riders and/or groups will require to obtain an approved written activity consent, and overnight camping for riders and their horses will not be permitted. Competitive events will also not be permitted in the Park. Consent for access to the park may be obtained from the Central West Area office by calling 02 6841 7100, or by emailing: npws.centralwest@environment.nsw.gov.au
“I am so proud to be a part of a NSW Government that is seeking to promote a healthy lifestyle for visitors and local community members of the Weddin Shire, while at the same time, is fiercely protective of the ecological and historical significance of the Weddin Mountains National Park.” Ms Cooke said.