Residents win in dogged campaign

After deputations from residents who organised a 393-signature petition and 250-signature online petition against the 320m southern extension, councillors unanimously agreed to never extend that dog beach.

Petition organiser Alan Vines said the extension was ‘unjust’ and would have ‘profound consequences’ for residents, tourists, anglers, swimmers and other beach users.

Mr Vines said if the council approved the 320m southern extension, half of the 2.8km Quinns Rocks beach would be zoned dog beach.

‘We do not believe that this is fair to normal beach users,’ he said.

Another Quinns Rocks resident and dog owner, Cliff Higgs said with the recent extension to the Yanchep dog beach, the City was only 160m short of a five-year goal for total dog beach, set in the 2012 coastal management plan.

Mr Higgs said the City could cover that shortfall by making a proposed Alkimos dog beach 1160m long rather than one kilometre.

The council report recommended not extending the Quinns Rocks dog beach based on community feedback, with 49 objections received during the public comment period in February compared to nine submissions supporting the southern extension.

Cr Russell Driver successfully moved an amendment for the City to investigate opportunities for additional dog beaches on other parts of the coastline.

Gaining support from all but two of her peers, Cr Sabine Winton also moved an amendment for administration to report back to the council by July 22 on its investigations.

Cr Winton said planning ahead would ensure people buying property in the northern corridor were aware of where the next dog beach would be located.

Crs Denis Hayden and Frank Cvitan echoed her comments, and Cr Bob Smithson said identifying a dog beach long before it was designated and facilities provided would be ‘much fairer to future residents’.