Eglinton: City of Wanneroo report says no to horse beach

Eglinton: City of Wanneroo report says no to horse beach

A REPORT by the City of Wanneroo recommends against establishing a horse beach in Eglinton.

The report is in response to a petition submitted at the May 24 council meeting, which had 1052 signatures requesting a horse exercise area at Pipidinny Beach.

This came after the City of Joondalup announced it would close its Hillarys beach to horses by the end of this year.

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The City has been investigating the possible location of a horse beach since 2010, when council resolved to prepare a two-part coastal management plan.

Part two is still being prepared and aimed at determining the location of various facilities and uses required to be accommodated along the City’s coast.

Community consultation found Tamala Park was the preferred location of a horse beach and in 2011, council agreed to undertake a feasibility study.

Results were presented to councillors at a forum in July last year and will be considered while creating the second part of the plan.

However, the report said this had been delayed pending the finalisation of the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan study, expected to be completed early next year.

It said the location of any coastal use was “best addressed through a strategic approach to coastal management” and should be considered as part of the finalisation of both plans.

Pipidinny Beach was not supported because of intertidal rock along the foreshore, which made it unsuitable for horse exercise, and because land south of Pipidinny Road was subject to an approved structure plan that indicates a future marina.

The recommendation includes that the City will continue to investigate potential areas for a horse beach through completing the plans.

Councillors will vote on the issue at tomorrow night’s meeting.