Paper roads could be turned into real horse riding trails

LISMORE Council will consider taking over some "paper roads" that are currently being considered for sale by the Department of Crown Lands.

Some unformed roads in the Nimbin area have been identified by the Australian Long Forest Association, a horse riding group that plans to offer horse riding trips through the region, as possible trails.

If the sale of a parcel of land goes ahead at Hutchison Rd, it could jeopardise the group's plans.

Councillor Neil Marks has put forward a motion for council to investigate the option of taking over some of the roads and also to request the sale process be placed on hold while an investigation into the viability of the horse riding project is conducted.

"This could be a great tourist asset for the area to encourage people to come to Nimbin and other areas and stay a bit longer," Cr Marks said.

"I don't think council staff and the proponents of the horse trail have yet sat down and discussed what is required but this is a worthwhile project and we should do what we can to facilitate it.

"It would be a great shame if this crucial piece of the link was sold.

"This will hopefully give us some breathing space and links in with Imagine Lismore's sustainable tourism."

Council's executive director of infrastructure services Garry Hemsworth said that rather than investigating assuming responsibility for the roads, council should lobby the Crown to maintain the status quo.

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