Decision to stop horses using Hillarys beach overturned

Cassie McEntee with Lucy. Picture: Martin Kennealey d454896
Cassie McEntee with Lucy. Picture: Martin Kennealey d454896

A DECISION to stop horses from using a beach in Hillarys has been overturned.

North Metropolitan MLC Martin Pritchard confirmed this 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.”

Mr Pritchard said though the Legislative Council had the power to disallow local laws when they were not made appropriately, it was uncommon to do so when they were made correctly.

“However, we felt it was in the best interest of all constituents to overwrite the law,” he said.

He said it would be “as if the law was never made”.

Mr Pritchard said he planned to contact the mayors of Joondalup and Wanneroo to “progress mutual discussions”.

“I hope this is not a controversial decision for the City of Joondalup and I hope there is another alternative to satisfy their needs as well as those of horse owners,” he 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 pent up 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 in to 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.

This decision was in response to increasing community pressure to provide improved opportunities for coastline activities, especially for the significant number of dog owners within the City.

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