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HORSE lovers say riding horses on the beach
is good for the animals and encourages chil-
dren to get outside.
But some Corinella residents have told Bass
Coast Shire Council they oppose the riding of
horses on the local beach, due to issues including
safety and noise restrictions, access to the beach,
and at times, the number of horse floats parked.
Last Thursday, a meeting was held between
Cr Stephen Fullarton and locals who are con-
cerned restrictions might be implemented for
horses on the beach.
Local Katie McDowall organised the meeting
after asking Western Victoria MP James Purcell
for advice after he dealt with a similar issue
near him (Port Fairy).
Cr Fullarton said he wants to see the issue
“As I’ve said before, with the very unfortunate
people who’ve moved here from the city, ‘tough-
en up princess’. If you don’t like horse s**t, go
back to Glen Waverley.”
Cr Fullarton said he will be asking council to
put a manure box in the car park at the beach
where most horse riders unload their horses.
The majority of horse riders pick up their
horses’ droppings anyway.
Caroline Ferguson, a regular horse rider, said
there are bigger issues that should be dealt with
than horses on a beach, such as crime and drugs.
“We should be promoting kids out there par-
ticipating in a healthy equestrian sport, instead of
sitting at home on Facebook,” Ms Ferguson said.
Ms McDowall created an online petition re-
questing council not ban or impose any restric-
tions on horses at the beach.
More than 880 people have signed it.
Her horse had laminitis, an inflammation in
the foot, and she said the salt water helped heal
her horse’s foot.
“If I couldn’t ride on the beach, I would’ve had
to put her down,” Ms McDowall said.
She acknowledged that there’s a small minor-
ity of people complaining and a small minority
of horse riders who are doing the wrong thing,
such as not picking up their horses’ droppings.
But for the issue of “access to the beach”, she
said the construction of a second path would
resolve that, a view supported by Cr Fullarton.
And none of the horse riders want to see any
time restrictions put on horses.
Local Di Kazakoff said she doesn’t want to
feel like she can’t just get up and go down to the
beach with her horse.
Ms McDowall would like to see more commu-
nity consultation before any decision on horses
at local beaches is made.
Council’s senior communications and en-
gagement officer, Steve Fuery, said “we’re work-
ing with the residents, foreshore committee of
management, Parks Victoria and professional
horse trainers to present options to council for
a decision in the near future”.
Ms McDowall will be presenting her petition
to councillors on Wednesday, May 10 at a com-
munity connection session.
At a meeting last Thursday, Corinella and Coronet Bay residents met with Cr Stephen Ful-
larton to discuss how they can make sure horse riders are allowed to continue to ride their
horses on local beaches. From left, Di Kazakoff, Katie McDowall, Cr Stephen Fullarton and
Caroline Ferguson. Mm221917
Don’t ban the horses
THE Wonthaggi Business and Tourism As-
sociation (WBTA) regret to announce that the
monthly Wonthaggi Make-it Bake-it Market will
no longer be taking place.
WBTA president Dee Connell thanked faith-
ful stallholders of the market and former WBTA
president, Ross Langlois, who has put in a huge
effort to keep the market going over the past
“Due to the number of projects that our small
committee has undertaken recently, we felt that
we were not able to give the market the time
and attention required to see it grow,” Dee said.
“In the future, the WBTA hopes to revive the
market in a different format, location and time
if we find enough volunteers to assist us.
“The WBTA sincerely thanks those stallhold-
ers and customers who regularly attended the
market and we wish them nothing but the best
for the future.
“We also encourage people to support the Ro-
tary market which will continue to run on the
second Sunday of each month in Apex Park.”
The WBTA is now turning its focus to helping
grow and promote local activities and businesses
from the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre, introduc-
ing more networking events for business members
and continuing to grow the Laneways festival.
The association is now working on a new pro-
spectus, which will offer members advertising
benefits from the Wonthaggi Visitor Information
Centre at 1 Bent Street Wonthaggi, including
discount rates for all WBTA events and hire of
a meeting/function room, along with previous
benefits of discounted footpath trading fees, ad-
vertising on the Visit Bass Coast Website, busi-
ness listings on the town map and the Wont-
haggi Loyalty Program.
Make it, bake it market cooked
On March 28, Wonthaggi Police executed a se-
ries of search warrants locating a large amount
of stolen property. A male and female were ar-
rested and charged with burglary, theft and
handle stolen goods offences relating to inci-
dents in Inverloch and Cape Paterson.
Police are still in possession of several items
of property including surfboards, bicycles,
gaming consoles and general household prop-
erty items and wish to speak to any members of
the public who may be able to identify particu-
lar items of property.
Please contact Senior Constable Mellican at
Bass Coast CIU 5671 4190 if you have any en-
quiries in regards to retrieving stolen property.
Racing into trouble
POLICE from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol
detected a driver doing 179km/h in 100 zone
on the Bass Highway at Bass at 9.30pm on Sat-
urday, April 29.
Police spoke to the 29 year-old male driver
from Dandenong North, who admitted he was
racing against friends.
The driver’s car was impounded at a cost of
$1415 and he will be summoned to court at a
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