DEWARS Track in Two Rocks could close permanently from December 11, if Wanneroo City Council approves a recommendation next month.
A report on the December 1 council briefing agenda provides a progress report on the access track that the City manages under an easement agreement with the private landowner.
The report said a risk workshop held on October 23 found nine risks were at an ‘extreme’ level, with another four rated ‘high’, one ‘moderate’ and one ‘low’.
The report said there were two options – keep the track open or close it and surrender the easements.
It said keeping it open would require several upgrades and increased maintenance and monitoring, but illegal use and residents’ concerns were likely to remain.
“Information obtained from Rangers patrols confirms that the majority of track users are not accessing it for its intended purpose and confirms that vehicles are using the track as a thoroughfare,” it said.
“This causes significant damage to the environment, including erosion, and poses great threat to the safety of all users of the track.
“As the track does provide community benefit to those few who are using it for its proper purpose, the City would be required to implement a manageable timeframe and plan for the closure.
“To close the track and surrender the easement appears to be the only effective means to manage safety risks and avoid exposure and ongoing liability risks to the City.”
The City’s staff will brief councillors on Tuesday night, before they make a decision on December 8.