Fight on again to re­open horse beach

PAR­LIA­MENT TO RE­VIEW CLO­SURE

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

THE fight to re­open Hil­larys horse beach has taken a step for­ward.

In par­lia­ment on Au­gust 16, North Met­ro­pol­i­tan MLC Martin Pritchard moved to dis­al­low the City of Joon­dalup’s lo­cal law amend­ment that would pro­hibit horses on the 160m stretch of beach on Whit­fords Av­enue.

Though the Joon­dalup coun­cil had the fi­nal vote on De­cem­ber 13 to cre­ate the An­i­mals Amend­ment Lo­cal Law 2016, which came into ef­fect from Jan­uary 24, the law was made through del­e­gated leg­is­la­tion.

This means that the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil gives power to lo­cal gov­ern­ments to make lo­cal laws.

The Del­e­gated Leg­is­la­tion Com­mit­tee then views all laws passed to “make sure they are ap­pro­pri­ate”.

Mr Pritchard said he moved the mo­tion for dis­al­lowance be­cause he knew the law was “con­tro­ver­sial”.

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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