BERRY Riding Club could be in for a treat with Shoalhaven City Council’s proposal to relocate it to a 16-hectare property off Woodhill Mountain Road.
The club currently resides on a 1.6 hectare plot off North Street next to the Berry sporting complex and averages 200 members each year from Sydney to Moruya.
A spokesperson said the club had been negotiating with Roads and Maritime Services [RMS] for four years and was excited about council’s proposal.
“We are quite excited, the future is looking bright,” said the spokesperson.
“If RMS and council agree, we hope to develop an equestrian centre of excellence – Berry Equestrian Park – with a cross-country course, dressage and show-jumping arena to encourage more equestrians to the area.
“There is a great need for a cross-country course on the South Coast.
“We hope to ask Regional Development Australia, council and RMS to aid with funding of the area.
“At the moment our youngest member is three and the oldest is 74. We cater for all three equestrian Olympic sports and all levels of riding,” the spokesperson said.
The Berry Riding Club has also submitted a proposal to have its current plot redesigned into a children’s adventure playground for the community once it is relocated to the new grounds.
Cr Andrew Guile said with construction starting on the Berry Bypass effectively next year, council was in agreement to push the land swap deal with the RMS.
“This would secure the Berry Riding Club as the best equestrian facility south of Sydney,” Cr Guile said.
“Equestrian participation is high on the South Coast and this would give us the ability to attract riders to the area and the boost local economy if the land is secured with RMS.
“The area on North Street is no longer viable for the Berry Riding Club as horses are easily distracted and motoring sounds could prove dangerous to both horses and riders,” he said.