Horse riders gain approval
HORSE riders have finally gained approval to trial riding and equestrian activities on part of Bonville’s Bakker Drive Reserve.
Coffs Harbour City councillors granted a 12-month licence to the Bonville Valley Equestrian Club to use the reserve for up to 12 days during the next 12 months.
The reserve will be inspected every three months and councillors will receive a condition report.
An argument advanced by another group of Bonville residents and put forward by the Bakker Drive Landcare Group – that the Bakker Drive Reserve be developed as a social family recreation park with no provision for equestrian activities – was rejected by council planners and the majority of councillors.
The report on the Bakker Drive Reserve said the 6.89ha site was originally acquired to service ‘active recreation needs’. In other words, for those that required expansive outdoor space.
It was not acquired as or intended to be a large local passive recreation park and there were no section 94 contributions to develop it as such.