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LOCALS are kicking up a stink over the amount
of horse manure being left behind at a quiet beach
entrance at Coronet Bay.
The town’s vibrant community Facebook page
was bombarded with posts about the issue early
last week, with many saying they are fed up with
horse owners who frequent the beach leaving be-
hind a mess.
The beach entrance – located at the end of Norse-
mens Road – has been popular with riders for
years and on busier days the car park area is filled
with a dozen or more horse floats.
Riders are permitted to take their steeds north of
the beach entrance, which Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil has designated as shared beach access.
However, with only a narrow pathway leading to
the beach, families are frequently stepping around
And with an off-leash dog area just metres away
in the other direction, some say it is a recipe for
But while those who don’t own horses don’t seem
to have a problem with riders galloping on the sand
and in the shallows, they do have something to say
about the amount of manure heaped around the
car park and beach path.
“I t is putrid down there at present,” one person
posted on the Facebook page.
“I think it’s time a summer period restriction
is put on horses using the beach... so that resi-
dents can enjoy the beach without the sh*t, and
the smell. ”
“I really enjoy seeing all the horses having fun in
the water, but don’t enjoy having to dodge the poo
or the revolting stench near the walkway, ” another
Facebook user wrote.
“There were piles of it at the water’s edge the
other day, too. ”
Several horse owners argued on the site that it’s
a minority who leave manure behind and riders
shouldn’t lose the privilege of enjoying the beach
due to the actions of a few.
Others didn’t seem too phased by the matter.
“I t makes great fertiliser,” another man posted.
A new, unofficial sign has been erected by a frus-
trated beachgoer, urging riders to do the right thing
and pick up after their animals.
Council’s general manager healthy communities,
David Elder, said the shire’s community safety
team had been contacted by locals about the issue
in recent weeks.
“Community safety rangers will be engaging with
horse owners in the coming weeks to remind them
of their responsibilities,” Mr Elder said.
“Council will work with the other land managers
to ensure the advice signage in the area is appro-
A frustrated beachgoer has erected this sign at a Coronet Bay beach entrance
after an influx of complaints over manure issues at the site. G010216
Kicking up a stink
closes 1 p.m. Mondays.
closes 1 p.m. Mondays.
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