Wanneroo council rejects bid to extend Quinns Rocks dog beach

Wanneroo council rejects bid to extend Quinns Rocks dog beach

THE majority of Wanneroo councillors knocked back a bid to extend the Quinns Rocks dog beach 150m north at the May 24 meeting.

Only four of the 14 elected members present voted against a recommendation to not extend the dog beach, but to improve the pedestrian access at the northern end of it.

Following public consultation in 2014, the council decided to never extend that dog beach, but investigate locations for a future dog beach.

A report on the 1976-signature petition to extend it said it could have cost about $1640 to shift the northern end to another staircase, $250,000 to build stairs at the existing access or $500,000 to upgrade the existing access for vehicle access.

Moving the motion to refuse, councillor Russell Driver said there had been “extensive consultation” in previous years.

“We resolved to not actually look at this dog beach in the future,” he said.

“We don’t want an extension to the dog beach as per consultation.”

Cr Dianne Guise and Mayor Tracey Roberts said they supported having a future dog beach 6km north at Alkimos.

Cr Samantha Fenn spoke against the recommendation, saying circumstances had changed since the 2014 consultation about extending the Quinns dog beach south.

Cr Fenn also raised concerns about the potential cost of upgrading the existing access, where she said there had been significant erosion.

“We have a duty to ensure that there is safe access for people of all ages to our dog beach,” she said.

The majority of councillors agreed to refuse the extension and inform the petition organiser, Rob Nelson of the decision.