Bypass bucks pony club to better location

The Berry bypass will go right through the land the Berry Riding Club is on and they’re happy about it.

They weren’t pleased about it when they first found out a few years ago. However a parcel of land between Anderson’s Lane and Schofields Lane, south of Berry has become available and it is better suited to the club’s needs than their current position on North Street.

Berry Riding Club secretary Judy Sweeney said club members were excited at the prospect of having more space.

“If this goes ahead we will have more space to grow and to run more types of events,” she said.

Shoalhaven City Council’s Policy and Resources committee was expected to recommend that council support the development of land on Anderson Lane as a future equestrian sports complex.

Council has already been negotiating with RMS to assist with relocation of the riding club.

Some of the initial development could be partly funded by the sale of the equestrian grounds.

No development application is needed for a new equestrian complex on Anderson Lane as it is allowed within the existing zone. 

The club has been running in Berry for six years, has 200 members and holds more than 40 events each year.

“With that land we would have the potential to grow the sport considerably,” Mrs Sweeney said.

“It will allow what would be the only club cross-country course on the South Coast.

“It would be a good way to encourage families off the highway.

“It’s a win for us and could be a win for the town.”

Access to the site could be through an underpass at the Schofields Lane intersection with the Princes Highway.

The club anticipated initial work could be happening by the end of this year.

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