Fight on again to re­open horse beach

PAR­LIA­MENT TO RE­VIEW CLO­SURE

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He said there was a “real con­cern” of the im­pact on “not just the racing in­dus­try or peo­ple ex­er­cis­ing their horses but also peo­ple who use the beach to re­ha­bil­i­tate their horses and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who visit with their horses”.

“Clos­ing it dis­ad­van­tages too many peo­ple in the north­ern sub­urbs,” he said.

“There’s no other op­por­tu­nity north of Fre­man­tle, with the clos­est beaches in Kwinana and Cock­burn.”

He said when look­ing into the issue he saw “some pos­i­tives and not too many neg­a­tives”.

“We started re­ceiv­ing pe­ti­tions and I tabled a cou­ple ear­lier this year with about 6500 sig­na­tures be­tween the two,” he said.

The Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil is ex­pected to de­bate the mo­tion on Novem­ber 2, giv­ing mem­bers the chance to “get ac­quainted” with the issue.

“It is pos­si­ble the amend­ment will be dis­al­lowed and the City will be re­quired to al­low horses back on the beach,” Mr Pritchard said.

Lead pe­ti­tioner Kir­rily Beer said she hoped Mr Pritchard’s mo­tion would pro­ceed un­con­tested.

“Re­ten­tion of ac­cess to the ocean will be of huge re­lief to not just horse own­ers in the north­ern sub­urbs but to all who en­joy the in­ter­ac­tion with horses on the shared ac­cess,” she said.

“For me, it will mean that I can once again en­joy the ocean with my horse and use the ocean for my horse’s on­go­ing train­ing, de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing.”

Joon­dalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City was aware of the mo­tion to dis­al­low. “The lo­cal law is cur­rently be­ing re­viewed by the Par­lia­men­tary Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Del­e­gated Leg­is­la­tion,” he said.

“It is the City’s un­der­stand­ing that the Amend­ment Lo­cal Law passed through the Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Del­e­gated Leg­is­la­tion with­out issue and now rests with Par­lia­ment to con­sider.

“The City is not in a po­si­tion to make any com­ment about the pri­vate Mem­ber’s mo­tion at this time.”

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