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Rally to Save the Trails’ on Tuesday 22nd February starting at 5.30pm at the Nillumbik Shire Offices

Hi fellow riders and trail users.

 

This is just a polite reminder to everyone about the forthcoming ‘Rally to Save the Trails’ on Tuesday 22nd February starting at 5.30pm at the Nillumbik Shire Offices, Civic Drive Greensborough (see attachment).

We urge you to attend and to bring a car load of people with you as well. Come with a positive frame of mind and enjoy being part of creating an inspiring atmosphere.

 

This event is an opportunity for the horse riding community of Nillumbik Shire to demonstrate that we passionate about our local neighbourhoods, communities, bushland reserves and, of course, our trail riding within them. For those of you who perhaps do not use the trails within the Panton hill Bushland Reserves, but intend to come as a show of support for those of us who do, thank you in advance. We would love to see a big show of supporters.

We are coming together on this evening with a positive message to the shire that we seek to play an active part in the future care of these reserves, and to continue to enjoy the long-standing, low-key use of these trails by local horse riders. All we ask is for the chance to do so. The Nillumbik Horse Action Group (NHAG), with your selves as members will play an important part in this.

 

May I please make it clear, that it is not the intent of the organisers of this event, to ‘ambush’ the councillors or council staff, make anyone feel threatened or harassed or make a general nuisance of ourselves.  The council are fully aware that this event is taking place and we do not wish any ‘surprises’ on anyone. We absolutely discourage any aggressive display such as booing or interjecting should the Mayor, Helen Coleman, choose to say a few words to the crowd.

 

Many of the councillors have been interested to hear our concerns.   However, in order to keep communication lines open we need to show common courtesy in all our dealings with them, whether it is face-to-face, via email or on the phone.  

 

Thanks for your amazing support to date; you all have much to be proud of; let’s enjoy a great get-together to spread the word next Tuesday evening.

 

Cath Giles

Spokesperson, Nillumbik Horse Action Group

Email: nhag@nhag.org.au

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Save The Trails Rally – march to Nillumbik Council Feb 22nd 5.30pm

More and more equestrian access is being lost as “Civilisation” encroaches on riding space tracks and trails. Now you can do your bit to help save some of them.

The below is from the organisers of the planned people March (no horses or dogs please) on February 22nd.

In addition to joining the march please sign the petition  http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42719.html

Use it or lose it.

Dear Save The Trails PEOPLE!

 As you know we have all been working on different aspects of the battle to save horse access to the trails in Nillumbik.

v      We have developed a “Save The Trails” flyer to raise awareness and are all working on circulating to all in the community. 

v      We have developed a petition which many of you are working hard on getting completed. 

v      There is a newly created group called NHAG or Nillumbik Horse Action Group which has a new email as well as very soon, a web address.

v      A few of us, such as Cath & Kay C, have been working hard on talking directly with council, councillors and the relevant other authorities on different avenues to help in the fight.

v      And of course many of you have been writing and sending in your letters of submission to council as well.

 And now….there is a planned community rally where we hope everyone, whether they are a horse owner or not, will come out in support of this fight and join us in a march to council.

Banners are feverishly being made by our wonderful rally committee (Ronnie, Kay D, Pam & Catherine) and now it’s time to spread the word!

 The rally will occur on Tuesday the 22nd of February at 5:30PM. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED RALLY FLYER AND CIRCULATE TO ALL YOU KNOW

Regards
Walter

 

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