4WDs not welcome on the beach

City of Wanneroo rangers will be targeting 4WDs on beaches, including those between Jindalee and Two Rocks.

VEHICLE access to beaches from Jindalee to Two Rocks has not been allowed for more than a decade but still 4WDs put others at risk and damage nearby dunes.

City of Wanneroo community and place director Debbie Terelinck said vehicle access to beaches in greater metropolitan Perth – from Mandurah to Two Rocks – had not been allowed for between 10 and 20 years.

“Cars and bikes are totally incompatible with families using the beach for recreational activities such as picnics, walks and swimming,” she said.

“Our primary concern will always be for the safety and protection of beach users.’’

She said the city would maintain a zero tolerance approach to 4WDs on the beach.

The city is stepping up its blitz against driving on beaches over summer after several near misses which means additional staff will be on patrol, drones and an increased penalty of $500 for infringements.

During the last summer school holidays an average of a vehicle a day was booked despite a decade-old ban on vehicle access.

At the same time city rangers trialled drones to expand search areas and avoid dangerous pursuits of errant drivers.

The tough measures are also to protect the environment of the foreshore and dune systems which are susceptible to erosion.