DEWARS (Durrs) Track will close on January 15, the Wanneroo City Council decided on Tuesday night.
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” regarding the closure and increase ranger patrols.
It also agreed to install signs advising people it would close, and liaise with the Shire of Gingin to install signs there.
Two Rocks resident Suzie Logue attended the meeting hoping to give a deputation on behalf of residents, but did not get an opportunity to do so.
The City provided responses to her written questions, including a request for signs at the starts of Damepattie and Sovereign drives announcing the track closure.
Assets director Harminder Singh said the City would investigate installing signs at the junctions with Lisford Avenue.
Mrs Logue said the council decision was “wonderful” for local residents although she sympathised with surfers who would have to walk farther along the beach carrying their boards.
“The surf riders are responsible, decent people; we are sorry that they have lost that access,” she said.
“We hope that’s the end of it and they police it as being closed.
“I’m not against four-wheelers but they can’t be there; access can’t be from the opening at Damepattie Drive.”
Mrs Logue told the Weekender that residents had safety concerns because there were more families with children moving into the area.
She said they also had concerns about people driving on the beach and the risk of fires starting from people camping in the dunes.
Mrs Logue asked the City if camping could be restricted in the foreshore area, and Mr Singh said the Local Government and Public Property Local Law prevented camping on any foreshore area.
The law says no one can erect a tent, camp, hut or structure on local government property without written permission from the City, except for beach umbrellas or other portable items that provide shelter from the elements between sunrise and sunset.
A report recommending the City close the track this month was presented at the December 8 meeting, but deferred for further legal advice.
At that meeting, councillor Nat Sangalli presented a 15-signature petition on behalf of residents asking the City to relocate the track entrance away from homes on Damepattie and Sovereign drives.