School vows to ride on after council vote
GEED UP: Bianca Evans, 13, of New Lambton, Hannah Lovell, 13, of New Lambton Heights and Adelaide Swanson, 10, of Kurri Kurri, were among people in the public gallery supporting a riding school at Buchanan at Wednesday night’s Cessnock council meeting.THE owner of a Hunter horseriding school vowed to do everything she could to keep it open, despite Cessnock councillors voting 8-5 to make the school build a $250,000 intersection.
Sterntaler Equestrian owner Martina Kovacs had told the council that forcing her to build the intersection would make her business unviable.
After the vote, Ms Kovacs said she would consider all options, including a legal challenge.
“I don’t believe this is the end,” Ms Kovacs said.
About 20 people, including children who ride at the Buchanan school, were in the public gallery to show support – some holding placards.
Councillor Graham Smith said he was concerned about people’s safety when entering and leaving the Buchanan Road property.
Instead of the intersection, Ms Kovacs proposed widening her driveway, erecting a no-right turn sign into her property and a slow-down lane.
But Cr Smith said allowing this would “set a dangerous precedent”.
Councillor Cordelia Troy said the school’s plan was safe and the intersection requirement reflected ”layers and layers of bureaucracy”.
Councillor Bryce Gibson said the council should be supporting small business, but councillor Morgan Campbell said unpopular decisions sometimes had to be made.