Horses led back to water
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.”