Parties to meet to discuss horses on Warrnambool's beaches and dunes

A CLEARER picture of the future for working horses in the dunes and beaches around Warrnambool will emerge on Friday.

Parks Victoria and Aboriginal Victoria are set to meet with other key stakeholders including the Warrnambool Racing Club, Country Racing Victoria, Warrnambool City Council, Moyne Shire and Racing Victoria in Warrnambool on the hot topic.

Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance in training at Levys Point.

Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance in training at Levys Point.

WRC chief executive officer Peter Downs said he was looking forward to Friday's meeting.

"It will be good that all the various parties can sit down around a table and discuss things,” he said.

“We hope there's a resolution but it depends on what the different groups bring to the table."

AV cautioned the WCC about the potential impact of training horses on indigenous cultural heritage ground at Levys Point last week. The caution forced WCC to ban horses from being trained at Levys Point while investigations were undertaken. The WCC also restricted access for trainers at Warrnambool's Lady Bay beach in an attempt to better balance the needs of all beach users.

Meanwhile, WCC officials and Moyne shire met with the South West Owners Trainers, Riders Association members on Wednesday to discuss arrangements for working horses at Warrnambool's Lady Bay beach.

SWOTRA secretary Jane Baker said the meeting was very positive.

"The council spoke to us about the new regulations which have been implemented down at Lady Bay," Baker said.

"The trainers have no problems with the new rules put into place. SWOTRA is working positively with all groups in an attempt  to find a resolution to the issues."

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