Pippidinny beach too rocky for horses

The City of Wanneroo says it considered four locations as potential horse beaches but Pippidinny Beach was not one of them.

PIPPIDINNY beach is not a suitable area to establish a horse beach, according to the City of Wanneroo.

On Tuesday, August 16 councillors unanimously voted to reject a request made via a petition signed by 1052 people to consider a horse beach “needed for our locals living north of Clayton’s beach and as far north as Two Rocks”.

An officer’s report said the Pippidinny beach area identified in the petition was not an area that had been identified by the city through its coastal management plan (part 1) as being suitable for  a horse beach.

This area is characterised by intertidal rock along the foreshore adjacent to Pippidinny beach, indicating that it is not suitable for a horse exercise area.

The area south of Pippidinny Rd is also subject to an approved structure plan, including plans for a future marina, which would likely affect the suitability of the area if the marina is built.

The report said  97 per cent of the people who signed the petition lived in the city.

The petition had also asked for the horse beach not to be used by dog owners, no time limits were to be imposed on any group and for the beach to only be used by horse groups, horse enthusiasts, and equestrian groups.

The city said appropriate locations for a horse beach were investigated as part of the preparation of coastal management plan (part 1).

“Horse clubs were contacted to identify the requirements and distribution of horses throughout the city and administration completed an assessment of the city’s 32km of coastline to determine the suitability for a potential horse beach,’’ the report said.

The “city’s coastline is predominantly dominated by rocky outcrop and reef in the intertidal region, which is not appropriate for horse beach use.

“However, four locations were identified along the coastline as potentially suitable locations – Tamala Park, South Alkimos (north of Jindalee-Alkimos border), North Alkimos (south of Alkimos-Eglinton border and Two Rocks Beach (north of the Spot surfing beach).

“These four options were included in a community questionnaire distributed as part of community consultation.

“Of the surveyed community, 71 per cent supported a horse beach within the city and Tamala Park was the preferred location.”

This resulted in a recommendation to undertake a feasibility study to establish the environmental impacts, as well as the suitability of a horse beach at Tamala Park, which was endorsed at the May 31,  2011 council meeting.

Yanchep News Online attempted to contact the petition organisers.