Rally to keep vehicles off beaches

‘With our strong population growth it is only natural that, just like beaches at Scarborough, Hillarys, Whitfords and Mullaloo, we support our landowners in not allowing 4WD access in the interests of public safety,’ she said.

‘The City of Wanneroo will continue to work with major land developers and private landowners to educate four wheel drive owners on why beach access is not available to vehicles.’

A Wanneroo spokesman said under the City’s parking and parking facilities local law, it is an offence to drive, ride, stop or park a vehicle on or over any portions of a foreshore unless the land is set aside for that purpose.

Under the City’s local government and public property local law, it is also an offence to take any kind of vehicle onto any beach or sand dunes.

The penalties are $100 and $125 respectively, but the City’s employees are exempt from both laws when performing duties.

According to the WA Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act, off-road vehicles should only be used on private land with consent, or on permitted areas.

The Act says local governments administer and enforce the off-road vehicle regulations and penalties can range from $200 for excessive noise to $1000 for using a vehicle in a prohibited area.

In 2012, off-road enthusiasts held a rally on Marmion Avenue calling for a designated off-road area along Wanneroo’s coast.

Shorehaven estate residents and the Alkimos Progress Association will hold a beach rally to discourage off-road driving from 8am on Saturday, March 1.