Horses to retain place along Cockburn Coast


Alison Bolas, Jasmin Sutcliffe and Annette Drenth take their horses for a run on the beach. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d457672
Alison Bolas, Jasmin Sutcliffe and Annette Drenth take their horses for a run on the beach. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d457672

RANDWICK Stables manager Alison Bolas has welcomed news Cockburn’s horse exercise area will be retained.

The City of Cockburn advertised its first coastal activities guide draft in August. The guide was a framework to manage the activities along the coast and was produced in response to increased use of Cockburn’s 15km coastline and the different operations keen to establish a foothold there.

The horse exercise area between Cockburn’s northern boundary and the beach at CY O’Connor Reserve is accessible to horse trainers between 4am and 8am.

That access was retained by the City of Cockburn after the guide was passed through council unopposed.

“It’s really good news,” Ms Bolas said. “The area is great for the fitness of horses and it will be great to be able to continue to run them there.”

But not everyone was completely satisfied. Coogee Beach Progress Association vice-president Daryll Smith said that while the guide is a “positive step forward by the City of Cockburn and is generally supported”, the Association felt there could be more regulatory support to police poor user behaviour.

“Overall though a very positive step forward and long overdue,” he said.

Cockburn’s recreation, community safety, governance and community services manager Rob Avard said the City would use a combination of education materials, signage and presence from the City’s rangers and the Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club to manage areas under its responsibility.