WANNEROO MLA Paul Miles said he would campaign to keep open a Hillarys beach that welcomes horses and donkeys.
In order to close Hillarys Horse Beach, the City of Joondalup must amend its Animals Local Law 1999 and councillors have agreed to start this process.
Mr Miles said the amendment would need to be assessed by the State Parliament’s Delegate Legislation Committee, made up of Liberal, Labor and Greens MPs.
He said he would be speaking to this committee to inform them of the “wider impact” closing the Hillarys beach would have and encouraging them not to pass the amendment until a plan for another horse beach was in place.
“Previous studies done by the old Shire of Wanneroo have shown this is the best location for a horse beach in this part of our state,” he said.
“Horse owners can simply go straight down Whitfords Avenue, arrive at the beach and walk their horses straight into the water.
“For the City of Joondalup to do this without putting any other options in place is not good enough. I will be campaigning that this Bill gets knocked back… until another viable option has been secured.”
Mr Miles said the only other horse beaches were in Gingin, Cockburn and Kwinana.
“The cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo must work together so people have access to a reasonably located horse beach within the northern suburbs,” he said.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said for the past six years, the City had been working with the City of Wanneroo to find a suitable alternative beach location.
“The City is very disappointed that a State politician would criticise the City publicly for its decision-making without first contacting the mayor or CEO to find out and understand all the facts,” he said.
“Mr Miles’ reference to the process for disallowing a local law instrument through the State Parliament’s Delegate Legislation Committee is inaccurate.”
Mr Pickard said the MP would be better off lobbying the City of Wanneroo to install a horse beach within its boundaries.
“Hillarys is now a thriving residential suburb surrounded by significant infrastructure and limited coastline and is no longer a suitable location for a horse beach, as it may have been in decades past,” he said.
“The overwhelming majority of horses that utilise the Hillarys horse beach are agisted in the City of Wanneroo and owned by people who live outside our boundaries.
“The Wanneroo coastline – which is twice as long as Joondalup’s (32km to 17km) – includes several long vacant stretches of land, which could easily accommodate a regional horse beach that would provide far more space to users.
“Our City alone is home to 22,000 registered dogs and we are under increasing pressure to provide improved opportunities along the coastline for the significant number of dog owners within our community.”