Cochran hits out

The Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group President Peter Cochran will hit out at the NSW government Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker this Saturday at the AGM demanding a return to negotiations over access to National Parks.

"The restructure of NPWS staff has been blamed on the stalled negotiations which to date have honoured the memorandum of understanding (MOU) established between horse riders and the Coalition before their election", Mr Cochran said in a media statement.

"We are less than satisfied with progress and will take our issues to the Minister's electorate and demonstrate our dissatisfaction outside her electorate office with the help of the 5000 horse riders who live in her constituency.

"The loss of key personnel in the Department has scuttled progress and obligations undertaken by the Premier and Deputy Premier have not been met despite a Cabinet decision to progress access to wilderness areas and other public land, excluded from horse riding under the previous ALP government.

"The relationship with NPWS established through the Horse Riders Consultative Group proved to be productive and effective while it operated at the highest level and was ground breaking progress. Since the transfer and retirement of such senior leaders as Bob Conroy , Dave Darlington and a senior director Sally Barnes, we have had to deal with a vacuum in NPWS cooperation.

"The minister is clearly less interested in horse riders than her perception that Green influences will secure her own electorate."

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