Horses re­turn to beach

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

THE horse com­mu­nity has cel­e­brated the re-open­ing of Hil­larys Horse Beach with hooves hit­ting the sand from Fri­day morn­ing.

North Metropoli­tan MLC Martin Pritchard con­firmed on Thurs­day 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.”

Mr Pritchard said it would be “as if the law was never made”, with the City con­firm­ing that horses would be al­lowed on the beach im­me­di­ately.

The City’s pre­vi­ous re­stric­tions to 160m of the beach and only from day­break to noon on Mon­days to Satur­days still stands, with new sig­nage ex­pected to be in­stalled within the week.

Lead pe­ti­tioner Kir­rily Beer said she was “re­lieved” that ac­cess to the beach had been re­in­stated. “I am look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing there soon,” she said.

Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the City “ac­cepted” the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

“The is­sue of an­i­mal ex­er­cise beaches in the north­ern cor­ri­dor is one that needs at­ten­tion across all spheres of gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“There is sig­nif­i­cant pentup de­mand within the com­mu­nity for an­i­mal ex­er­cise ar­eas along the coast.

“I am keen to en­gage with the City of Wan­neroo to iden­tify suit­able ar­eas within the north­ern cor­ri­dor to host an­i­mal ex­er­cise beaches.

“One po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion which I am ea­ger to ex­plore fur­ther with the City of Wan­neroo is at Catalina Beach South, which is on the doorstep of both lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

“Hope­fully both Ci­ties can work to­gether on de­liv­er­ing a pos­i­tive out­come for an­i­mal own­ers in the north­ern cor­ri­dor.”

The law came into ef­fect on Jan­uary 24 and was made in line with a 2010 coun­cil de­ci­sion to phase the clo­sure of the horse beach over four years.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey.

Sarah Be­van, of Muchea, on the beach with Lucy last year.

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