D James, Myocum.
As a regular walker along Tyagarah and Belongil beaches, I certainly enjoy this beautiful, unspoilt and uncrowded stretch of coastline. I am, however, increasingly concerned the ever increasing of volume of horse crap encountered during those walks.
This horse manure – however great for the vege garden – is not so good for the fish or wildlife as it is rich in nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, and pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and parasites.
The interests of a Byron horse riding business charging tourists $120 for this pleasure should not outweigh consideration for the local habitat and residents who enjoy shit-free beach walking!
I’m certainly not against horse riding or commercial business in the shire, but surely there must be a more environmentally suitable location for these activities? At the very least, the horse riders could be considerate enough of our local environment to pick up after their horses before leaving the beach.