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