Dewars Track to close on January 15

Damage, vandalism and anti-social behaviour are some of the issues prompting the City of Wanneroo to close Dewars Track in January.
Damage, vandalism and anti-social behaviour are some of the issues prompting the City of Wanneroo to close Dewars Track in January.

DEWARS (Durrs) Track will close on January 15, the Wanneroo City Council decided tonight.

Going behind closed doors at a special council meeting on December 15, all councillors present voted for the City to surrender its easement agreement with two private landowners.

The council agreed to liaise with the landowners � Tokyu Group and Capricorn Investment Group � to provide �reasonable assistance� after it closes.

�Increased ranger patrols will be undertaken to focus on non-compliant behaviour in and around the Dewars beach access track to assist the respective landowners,� the decision said.

It also agreed to install signs advising people it would close, and liaise with the Shire of Gingin to install signs in Wilbinga.

The easement was established in 2008 to provide a beach access track that would allow surfers and fishers to access Dewars Beach by foot.

However, it has been increasingly popular with four-wheel-drivers, many of whom use it to get to Wilbinga or drive on the beaches.

A report attached to the council meeting agenda outlined findings of a risk assessment undertaken in October, including several �extreme� risks.

Issues raised by the City have included anti-social behaviour, vandalism, safety concerns, ongoing maintenance, trespass on adjoining private properties, illegal beach access and erosion along the track.

A report recommending the City close the track this month was presented at the December 8 meeting, but deferred for further legal advice.