With the City of Wanneroo’s dog population growing by more than 2,100 dogs per year, it is considering options to expand existing dog beaches and create new ones.
The town currently has three dog beaches – at Two Rocks, Yanchep and Quinns Rocks – which cover 2.2 km of the town’s total coastline of 32 km.
However, a draft Coastal Management Plan, currently on public comment, has considered four potential new dog beaches at Alkimos, Mindarie, Eglinton and North Two Rocks.
At Alkimos Beach, it is recommended that a future dog beach start at the current temporary surf rescue club beach access and head to the beach access path 90m north of Eden Beach.
“It is recommended that Alkimos Dog Beach have a phased approach, with delivery of the northern portion of the Dog Beach being provided once the Temporary Surf Rescue Club has moved further north to its permanent location. “, indicates a report of the council.
“This would help ensure that surf rescue activities could continue unaffected by dog walkers. “
A 1.1 km dog beach at Mindarie Beach was recommended as it “remains usable in winter” and would likely reduce demand on Quinns Dog Beach.
It could start from the path of the new Tamala Park parking lot to the southern edge of town.
Although Eglinton and North Two Rocks are “unlikely to be developed during the period” of the Coastal Management Plan, they were included as potential sites to “establish the City’s intention before residents move into the area. region, thus helping to reduce potential objections ”.
The plan also recommends that Yanchep Dog Beach be extended 360 m to the south, bringing it to 1.1 km, and Two Rocks Dog Beach be extended 110 m to the south, bringing it to 600 m.
Yanchep should be considered within 10 years and Two Rocks within five to ten years.
According to a report from the council, Yanchep has several access routes and infrastructure such as parking lots, trash cans and drinking fountains, but Two Rocks cannot be extended further because Two Rocks Beach is the main swimming beach. and “it can lead to conflict between dog walkers.” and other beach users ”.
However, the plan does not recommend the extension of Quinns Dog Beach, which is 995m long, as access would be “not ideal” and the council had previously supported petitions against an extension due to “l ‘potential increase in unwanted interactions between beach users “.
He said that while the beach is the most visited of the three dog beaches, it could be mitigated by the other recommendations.
Surveys for all beaches focused on accessibility, impacts on nearby beaches, user safety and seasonal weather conditions.
At the council meeting, Cr Paul Miles said he was “disappointed” that the city still did not seek to add a horse animal beach to its coastline.
“We have a very large population of horses,” he said. “We shouldn’t be totally dependent on another city for an animal beach when it doesn’t have horses.
“I hope we can get it back on the map.”
However, Mayor Tracey Roberts said the home county of Wanneroo established their animal beach at Hillarys because it was “the only safe beach with a gentle slope and no rocks.”
“We are keen to try and identify a safe beach, but so far none are as effective as Hillarys,” she said.
According to the council’s report, a “significant majority” of the coastline is unsuitable for horses due to the submerged rocks along the shore, making it unsafe and a lack of proper access.
He said if Mindarie Beach had “limited submerged rocks”, providing access and parking for horse-drawn carts would require the removal “of a significant amount of priority vegetation in the Bush Forever Preserve.”
The coastal management plan also plans to introduce more areas for water sports such as kite surfing, paddle boarding and jet skiing to limit potential conflicts with swimmers.
Currently there is only one demarcated ‘water sports area’ along the city’s coastline – north of the bathing compound – with others recommended in Mindarie, Jindalee, Alkimos, Eglinton, Yanchep and Two Rocks.
The plan also recommends a trial run of a “swim-only” beach at the Quinns Rocks Swimming Precinct in the summer of 2022-2023.
A future network of dual-use trails along the coast from Mindarie to Two Rocks is also included in the plan, along with existing sections that may require upgrades.
The plan also addresses the impacts of coastal erosion and the accumulation of sea wrack, and recommends considering the introduction of a special control zone in its development plan for lands identified as vulnerable.
It also reiterates the need for development in the foreshore reserves to be appropriately set back to minimize risk.
The council recently approved the draft Coastal Management Plan, which will serve as a guide for the next 15 years, for public consultation.
Submissions can be made through January 24 at wanneroo.wa.gov.au, with comments to be considered at a future board meeting.
According to the council’s report, the population of the city’s coastal corridor is expected to increase from 51,700 to 152,000 by 2041.
“To adapt to the future population growth of the city, the plan aims to facilitate access to the beach for the benefit of the community, while ensuring that there is no negative impact on the environment. coastal natural, ”said Ms. Roberts.