Equine rehabilitation centre proposed for Moolap
THE City of Greater Geelong has received a planning application for an equine rehabilitation centre in Moolap.
The $450,000 proposal also includes the use and development of a dwelling on the subject land at 211-219 Clifton Avenue.
The applicant, Trent West, would use the land for an equine rehabilitation centre for racing thoroughbreds and competitive equestrian horses.
A farm report by A J Forbes and Associates states that Trent and his family have had an interest in horses and horse racing since his childhood, through his family association with training horses for the racetrack on the Bellarine Peninsula.
“This interest has continued through his wife’s family also, who are also active professional horse trainers nearby.
“Mr West plans to use his skills and experience and to draw on these ongoing associations/links with the track, to restore injured racehorses to race condition and to prepare them for return to the race track after track related shin-soreness, injury and surgery.”
The farm report also states that the proposal meets an established need within the nearby horse training and equestrian fraternity, to meet their existing equine rehabilitation needs close to the Geelong Race Course at St Albans Road, Breakwater.
A Planning Report by The Planning Professionals states that the land is currently owned by the applicant’s grandmother and sold to the applicant under the condition a permit is granted.
Public comment closes on September 14.