At last week’s Alkimos Progress Association (APA) meeting, a resident said she called for a rally against illegal off-road driving on the beaches after her four-year-old daughter had almost been run over while playing in the sand.
She said the area was not what it used to be 20 years ago when four-wheel drivers felt they could roam freely on the coastal dunes and beaches.
‘Their response is ‘it is our beach, we’ve been doing it for 20 years’ ” illegally,’ the mother said.
‘If your hobby is to four-wheel-drive, then drive a little bit further.’
She said families would gather on the beach on March 1 to show they wanted to be able to relax on beach towels and play in the sand.
APA correspondence secretary Hayden Morgan said there were a select few off-road drivers who caused the problem.
‘There has been more than a few instances and it’s really not on,’ he said.
North Metropolitan MLC Peter Katsambanis met APA representatives at the beach in Alkimos earlier this month.
‘It is most concerning that children and families are at serious risk of injury from the illegal activity of a small group of 4WD users,’ he said.
Mr Katsambanis said he and residents wanted to find a practical solution to allow them to enjoy the beach without safety fears.
The MP said he would work with developers, the City of Wanneroo and local police to restrict vehicle access to the beach and increase patrols as a deterrent.
Off-road enthusiast William Case told the Times he had lived in the area for more than 10 years and used to drive on the beach in Alkimos before development started.
The Butler resident said four-wheel driving was a family-oriented activity and enjoying it did not make someone an ‘automatic off-road hoon’.
‘There’s always going to be idiots (but) you can’t tar people with the same brush,’ he said.
Mr Case said he wanted a designated beach for off-road vehicles, ideally off Pipidinny Road in Eglinton.
Yanchep Police Sergeant Jason Macander said police intended to be present at the March 1 rally.