Horses led back to wa­ter

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

THE horse com­mu­nity has cel­e­brated the re­open­ing of Hil­larys Horse Beach, with hooves hit­ting the sand from Fri­day morn­ing.

North Metropoli­tan MLC Mar­tin Pritchard con­firmed on Thurs­day af­ter­noon that his mo­tion to dis­al­low the City of Joondalup’s lo­cal law amend­ment pro­hibit­ing horses on the 160m stretch of beach on Whit­fords Av­enue had “re­ceived sup­port from ev­ery mem­ber in the cham­ber”. He said the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil de­ci­sion was “a win for the peo­ple and not a loss for the City of Joondalup”.

“We be­lieve it was ill ad­vised to close the beach,” he said. “How­ever, the City was tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for all north­ern sub­urbs horse own­ers and we thank them for that and hope they can con­tinue to do so un­til such time as an­other so­lu­tion is found.”

Lead pe­ti­tioner Kir­rily Beer said she was “re­lieved” that ac­cess to the beach had been re­in­stated.

Joondalup Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the is­sue of an­i­mal ex­er­cise beaches in the north­ern cor­ri­dor was “one that needs at­ten­tion across all spheres of gov­ern­ment”.

“There is sig­nif­i­cant pent-up de­mand within the com­mu­nity for an­i­mal ex­er­cise ar­eas along the coast,” he said. “One po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion which I am ea­ger to ex­plore fur­ther with the City of Wan­neroo is at Catalina Beach South.”

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