Warrnambool Racing Club Announces Beach Use Quotas

In certain parts of the globe, the phrase: A Day at the Beach, implies a time period of no worries, and that is exactly what is needed for the thoroughbreds around Warrnambool that finally have a clear picture of when they are permitted to use the sandy beaches to train and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a stroll in the salty waters of the South Pacific.

The State Government has formulated a policy surrounding the use of the beaches in the area that includes quotas to protect the environment, especially areas deemed essential to the survival of the hooded plover seabirds that use the area as habitat.

The new regulations focus on the five beaches that make up the Belfast Coastal Reserve between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

WRC chief Peter Downs greeted the news that the government has issued some tangible guidelines with enthusiasm, and he intends to consult with trainers who use the area to prepare horses.

Certain of the five beaches will be off limits entirely and others have limitations on the number of horses permitted at any one time, or the time of day or season of the year.

Local trainers were also happy to receive some guidelines, as unregulated growth of the use of the areas for training purposes could lead to unintended environmental consequences.

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