Lead taken on dog beach extensions

The February 4 council agenda includes a report recommending the council formally extend Yanchep’s dog beach 340m south, following a 28-day public notice period in December and January.

In April last year, the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association submitted a 500-signature petition to the City of Wanneroo seeking a 250m extension north.

However, the council decided in June that a northern extension would not be appropriate and instead consulted the community about extending it south, by either 215m or 340m.

According to the council report, no submissions were made during the public notice period, and if the extension is approved, the City will relocate the existing dog beach boundary sign and install additional dog waste bag dispensers.

‘The cost of the additional signs, bins and bag dispensers, as well as their installation will be covered through the City’s existing operational budget,’ the report said.

A separate agenda item recommends the council advertise its intention to extend the Quinns Rocks dog beach 320m south.

It said the City’s coastal management plan, adopted in July 2012, recommended extending that dog beach 700m south to Fred Stubbs Memorial Grove within five years.

‘Since this recommendation was adopted, the foreshore at Fred Stubbs Memorial Grove has been subject to significant erosion as a result of severe storms in September 2013,’ the administration’s report said.

‘In light of this (and plans to build a revetment wall), administration recommends that the existing dog beach be extended south by only 320m to the existing Mary Street car park.

‘A southern extension of 320m to the existing Quinns dog beach will alleviate some of the pressure on the existing dog beach.’

Councillors will consider both reports during the ordinary council meeting.