City of Wanneroo warns against driving on beaches as weather warms up
THE City of Wanneroo is urging motorists to stay off its beaches as summer approaches.
For the safety of beachgoers, Mayor Tracey Roberts said coastal rangers would patrol the coastline over the warmer months.
“Thousands of people descend on our beaches during summer, so we need to ensure that beachgoers are protected,” she said.
“In the past there have been several near-miss incidents due to people driving off-road vehicles illegally on our beaches.
“Cars and bikes are totally incompatible with recreational activities taking place at the beach, and our primary concern will always be for the safety and protection of beach users.”
Vehicle access to beaches in greater metropolitan Perth has been prohibited for at least a decade.
“Not only is off-road driving dangerous in built up areas, it is harmful to the foreshore and dune systems,” Mrs Roberts said.
The City will use drones and additional staff to patrol beaches across its 32km of coastline, with a $500 fine for offenders.
It issued 47 infringement notices for unauthorised vehicles on beaches and dunes last summer.
Vehicles are allowed on certain beaches by many country councils, including the neighbouring Shire of Gingin.