Hillarys horse beach faces closure

Perth’s northern suburbs horse beach is set to be re-zoned as a dog beach.

The City of Joondalup council will meet next Tuesday to discuss the closure of Hillarys horse beach, which will allow for the dog beach to be extended.

A request to increase the size of the dog beach comes after a petition with 1700 signatures was presented to the council in 2009.

The council’s meeting agenda says a majority of the general public believes the horse beach is under utilised.

The city has received 438 signatures asking for the horse beach to be retained.

Perth Riding Centre owner Tony Degrauw said there were very few horse beaches in Perth and the loss of another would make things difficult for horse owners.

“A lot of trotters use beach zones to work in water for exercise and injuries, also horse pools tend to be very expensive which few people can afford and there are very few around, giving more need for horse zones at beaches,” he said.

The City of Joondalup is working with the City of Wanneroo to create a replacement horse beach.

Mr Degrauw said there were plenty of dog beaches in Perth.

“Life would go on without horse beaches, but as far as I know there are only three in the Perth area, meaning people often are travelling long distances on hot days to get to horse beaches,” he said.

Centura Riding School owner Rose Tippett said it was important to relocate the Hillarys horse beach to stop conflict between animals.

“The separation of dog and horse beaches is important. It’s dangerous having people throwing balls and sticks around people riding horses,” she said.

The project is part of the city’s beach management plan, which aims to improve environmental and social conditions on its 17 kilometre beachfront.

City of Joondalup director of governance and strategy Jamie Parry refused to comment on the project.

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