Petition calls for stop to proposal

Councillor Sabine Winton presented the 368-signature petition on residents’ behalf at the March 4 Wanneroo council meeting.

It asked the City not to extend the dog exercise area 320m south as proposed and instead pursue other options for dog beaches at other locations on Wanneroo’s coastline.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the public notice period ended on March 18 and council hoped to consider public comments at the April 1 meeting.

At the March 4 meeting, petition organiser Alan Vines submitted 30 written questions and asked six more in person.

‘Is there a specific reason why the strategic plan recommends that the Quinns Rocks community should give up such a large percentage of its beach, particularly when there are existing houses in close proximity?’ Mr Vines said.

‘Why wasn’t Claytons beach or Jindalee beach, which has no ocean front housing, recommended for dog beaches?’

City planning and sustainability director Len Kosova said it completed a three-month community engagement process when preparing the coastal management plan (CMP), which recommended the extension.

‘As part of the responses to the community consultation, extending Quinns dog beach was the preferred option,’ Mr Kosova said.

‘There is a possibility of implementing a split use dog and horse beach at Mindarie Beach, south of Clayton’s in the future and this was also outlined within the CMP Part 1.’

Another resident, Louise Bradley, asked about the foreshore management plan for Mindarie and Quinns Rocks, which she said highlighted that there was little scope for more dog exercising areas because it was not compatible with other recreational activities.

The first part of the coastal management plan, adopted in 2012, recommended extending the existing dog beach 700m south within five years.

But council decided in February to advertise its intention to extend it 320m while undertaking coastal protection works.

Lucy Jarvis