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Update on Levy's Point horse training

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 18 October 2018

Council has received legal advice in relation to horse training at Levy’s Point beach.

At its recent meeting Council, as the Committee of Management, voted to permit the resumption of racehorse training at Levy’s Point beach subject to this the decision according with all laws, orders and other legal requirements - recognising that there are complex management arrangements associated with this part of the Belfast Coastal Reserve.

Previously horse training had been permitted at Levy’s Point with licences issued in 2016 under a Ministerial Order from the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

The Order provided for Council, as Committee of Management for the Levy’ Point beach area, to grant licences for horse training to the Warrnambool Racing Club and/or to individual horse trainers.

Council sought to clarify the management arrangements and received the following advice:

“……..  - The Warrnambool Planning Scheme (Scheme) continues to apply to the Reserve notwithstanding the Ministerial consents/permissions granted; and horse training or animal training is a prohibited use on the land to which the PCRZ land applies…… “

“This is a very complex planning and land management issue,” Council Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said.

“The purpose of the meeting on Monday night was for Council as the Committee of Management seeking to introduce certainty to access and use of Levy’s Point beach, subject to this decision meeting all relevant governance arrangements.”

Council is now in the process of providing an update to groups and stakeholders including the Warrnambool Racing Club, the Victorian National Parks Association and relevant Victorian Government departments.


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