The long-running saga over whether to allow training of race horses on Warrnambool's Spookys Beach is still in limbo with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying any resolution on the issue.
The city council this week said it was awaiting advice from Warrnambool Racing Club about its intent and the status of a cultural heritage study before it progressed with a planned stakeholders meeting.
Councillors voted at a February meeting to hold a special meeting of all stakeholders before it would decide whether to give the club more time to finalise its plans.
Some councillors wanted a stakeholders meeting to clarify what they said was conflicting information about the issue.
Racing club chief executive officer Tom O'Connor said there had been no progress on the cultural heritage study along Levys beach due to the pandemic.
"The focus has definitely been more so on Lady Bay," Mr O'Connor said.
"Without dismissing Levys, it's certainly around ensuring that they've got that daily access for swimming and activity at Lady Bay."
Mr O'Connor said the club had been focusing its attention on its trainers' use of Lady Bay beach - which was stopped for about a month at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.
Meanwhile, this week the city council said it was developing a new master plan to help manage about 200 hecatres of Crown Land between Levys Point Coastal Reserve and the western section of Thunder Point Coastal Reserve.
The area is already covered by a number of council plans as well as the state government's Marine and Coastal Policy 2020 and the Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan in 2018 - which, when released, covered access to the area by race horses.
Mayor Tony Herbert said the new Wild Coast Precinct Landscape Master Plan project would expand on the findings and recommendations of those plan. To give feedback on go to www.yoursaywarrnambool.vic.gov.au.
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