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Coronavirus: Peel’s 4WD beaches closed as mayor issues warning to visitors

Tims Thicket Beach. Photo: The Average Wanderlust Couple.

The Mandurah mayor has restricted access to the regions two popular 4WD beaches and warned holidaymakers to stay away on Tuesday.

Mayor Rhys Williams announced that vehicle access to White Hills and Tims Thicket beaches, 20 minutes south of Mandurah, had been restricted over the Easter holiday period to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The mayor said these popular tourist locations attract many residents, visitors and holidaymakers who enjoy being able to drive along the beach.

“Right now, we want to keep our community safe and we do not want holidaymakers in Mandurah and we do not want people gathering in popular spots like Tims Thicket and White Hills,” he said.

“The advice from health experts is simple, to stop the virus we need to isolate and practice good social distancing. This is how we protect our families, our grandparents and our youths.

“We all need to take some responsibility, so while you may technically be allowed to Mandurah from Perth, I urge you, please do not come here. Stay home, stay safe and keep our community safe.”

The City said rangers are working closely with police to patrol entrance points at the two beaches.

Skeer Media understands that White Hills vehicle beach access could previously enable 4WDs to travel more than 30 kilometres along the sand to Preston Beach, which bypassed the regional border roadblock guarded by police and the defence force along Forrest Highway in Lake Clifton.

New signage will be installed around the area which will advise of restricted vehicle access.

Further messages will be placed around the area to encourage people to postpone their holiday plans and stay at home, according to the City of Mandurah.

The Shire of Waroona has also advised that 4WD access to Preston Beach is closed to prevent travel access from the Peel region and visitors getting to the town via the beach.

The City of Mandurah said all local beaches can still be accessed by foot, but the public is reminded of public gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

“I cannot be much clearer – these holidays, stay home and keep our people safe,” The Mandurah mayor said.

“Before leaving your home for a holiday consider if you would put your own grandparents or loved ones at risk, because by ignoring the advice of the health experts you are putting someone’s family at risk.

“We look forward to welcoming you all to our beautiful Mandurah once this is all over.”

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