Thank you for your recent feedback. We have been in touch with the relevant Department regarding enquires around horse manure and related matters and we have been provided the following points of relevance on the matter:
• Due to the vast expanse of protected area estate and the numerous multi-use trail networks across protected areas, it is impractical for Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) to monitor the behaviour of individual horse-riders at specific locations.
• QPWS relies on the integrity of recreational horse-riders to manage themselves and their horse/s so as to minimise impacts on the natural environment.
• A ‘Code of Conduct’ Information Sheet addressing potential impacts of recreational horse riding on protected areas is available here.
• The ‘code’ provides accepted best practice guidelines for recreational users on how to minimise their impacts whilst riding horses on estate.
• In relation to managing the spread of weeds the code encourages horse riders to :
o provide weed-free, good quality, processed feed to horses at least 48 hours prior to entering a forest reserve or protected area (e.g. clean chaff, pellets, cracked rolled or steamed grains, weed free lucerne).
o feed horses with a nose bag while in a forest reserve or protected area and clean up any spills
• Additionally an Operational Policy is available to provide consistent application of the management of horse riding activities on National Parks and other protected areas.
• The aim of the policy is to reduce/minimise the introduction and spreading of noxious and/or exotic plants and impacts to waterways and water quality.
• Commercial horse riding enterprises are required to remove manure as a condition of operation of their business.
• Complaints in relation to horses (or horse manure) in areas where they are permitted are very few and infrequent.
• As part of an annual pest management program QPWS operations staff monitor and treat invasive species (including weeds) in the context of priorities relating to the broader operational program and funding.
Thank you for the info, and since I raised this issue there seems to have been a reduction in droppings on North Shore, although the super high tides may be the reason? Anyway, I shall report any escalation to QPWS.
You’re welcome Sue
Brett here from Sandy’s office. We have been in contact with the Department and received information that we have posted at the site. Many thanks again for your enquiry and if you see any further issues, please feel free to contact QPWS or our office.