City of Wanneroo to rev up blitz against people driving on beaches

Picture : Martin Kennealey
Picture : Martin Kennealey

CITY of Wanneroo is stepping up its blitz against driving on beaches over summer, with a $500 penalty for those caught doing so.

The campaign was launched following several near miss incidents and will see additional staff on patrol, drones and an increased penalty for infringements.

During the last summer school holidays, the City booked an average of a vehicle a day despite a decade-old ban on vehicle access to the 32km coastline.

At the same time rangers trialled drones to expand search areas and avoid dangerous pursuits of errant drivers.

The tough measures are also to protect the environment of the foreshore and dune systems which are susceptible to erosion.

Community and place director Debbie Terelinck said vehicle access to beaches in greater metropolitan Perth – from Mandurah to Two Rocks – has not been allowed for between 10 and 20 years.

“Cars and bikes are totally incompatible with families using the beach for recreational activities such as picnics, walks and swimming,” she said.

“Our primary concern will always be for the safety and protection of beach users. We will maintain a zero tolerance approach.”

The crackdown is being widely publicised via variable message signs on Marmion Avenue, the City’s website, social media and local press.

Vehicles are still allowed on beaches by many country councils, but often not near built up locations.

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