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Horse Access Permits

A two-year permit-based trial is underway for horses to access to the beach at the end of Norsemens Road in Coronet Bay (which is managed by the Corinella Foreshore Committee of Management). The trial caters for both recreational and professional riders.

Permit Application Forms

Are there any times when horses aren't allowed on the beach?

Yes - no horses are allowed on the beach on the following dates/periods:

  • 25 December to 1 January (inclusive)
  • 26 January
  • Good Friday to Easter Monday (inclusive)

Time restrictions apply for horse riding on the beach with a valid permit during Victorian Summer and Easter Public School Holidays:

  • Professional trainers must be off the beach by 9.30am (with the exception of dates above)
  • All other riders permitted between 9.30am and 11.00am (with the exception of dates above)

At all other times horses are permitted on the beach as long as they have a valid permit.

Why do I need Public Liability Insurance?

Council resolved that due to the nature of the proposed activity a permit holder must provide to the Council satisfactory evidence of a current Public Liability Policy of Insurance for an amount of not less than $10,000,000 for any single occurrence. Any permit issued will be on the basis that the policy will stay current for the life period of the permit.

Permit applicants should also be aware that under the Local Law any person who makes any false representation or declaration (whether oral or in writing) in, or who omits any relevant information from, an application for a permit or exemption is guilty of an offence with a maximum penalty of 20 penalty units ($2,000).

Can I walk my dog on the beach when horses are there?

Yes you can. Please remember that dogs must be on a leash until you enter a section of the beach that has been identified as a designated off leash area. In these areas a dog may be exercised off a chain, cord or leash if the owner of the dog:

  • carries a chain, cord or leash
  • has at all times effective voice control of the dog and is able to place the dog under effective control by means of chain, cord or leash immediately if necessary
  • does not allow the dog to attack a person or animal or rush at a person, and
  • always keeps the dog in sight
What should I do if I see people doing the wrong thing?

If you see people doing the wrong thing please contact us on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 during business hours. Calls made after-hours and at weekends will be followed up the next working day. During peak periods proactive patrols will be made of the beach and car parking area to make sure people are complying with relevant conditions.

Comments or feedback received in relation to the permit system will be logged and will be used as part of the review of the two year trial. All feedback should be made in writing and sent to local.laws@basscoast.vic.gov.au titled 'Norsemens Horse Permit Feedback'.

Why is there not an upgraded path?

Investigations have identified the need for a Cultural Heritage Management Plan to be completed in relation to the installation of a new, or widening of the existing, beach access track. This has meant a delay in improvements to the beach access track prior to the permit system being implemented.

In the meantime, horse riders have been given direction that they must give way to pedestrians along the beach access track at the end of Norsemens Road.

Ongoing reviews will take place in relation to the current shared access path.