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Environmentalists fight against horse trainers riding along Warrnambool beaches

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Environmentalists are locked in a battle for beaches in Victoria’s south-west, against trainers who have traditionally ridden their racehorses along the coast between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

As reported in The Age, the practice was previously ‘tolerated’ by the Belfast Coastal Reserve Action Group but now they are actively fighting it.

Spokesperson for the group, Bill Yates told Ross and John the practice has increased so much, it’s now atĀ industrial commercial racehorse training scale.

“We’re not just talking about one or two horses doing some therapeutic work, the proposal is for 250 works doing track work on the beach and up into the dunes,” Bill said.

“It would be devastating for the reserve, the environment, the wildlife, for public safety, for Aboriginal culture.”

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