Beach plan for pooches

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

CHANGES to dog ex­er­cise ar­eas within the City of Cockburn are at the fore­front of the re­gion’s new an­i­mal man­age­ment and ex­er­cise plan.

Dogs and their own­ers will be able to ac­cess about 40 per cent of the Cockburn coast and more off-leash ex­er­cise ar­eas, but plans to in­clude an area of Wood­man Point be­tween the Ammo Jetty all the way around the point to Jer­voise Bay dog beach have been scrapped.

That area — which was sug­gested in the draft plan — will now be a dog­pro­hib­ited area af­ter an in­de­pen­dent en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment and strong com­mu­nity and stake­holder ob­jec­tions.

Af­ter months of dis­cus­sion and com­mu­nity feed­back, coun­cil of­fi­cially en­dorsed the five-year plan at their Septem­ber meet­ing.

Al­len­dale Park in North Lake, Au­bin Grove Re­serve, Beel­iar Re­serve, Colorado Park in Au­bin Grove, Good­child Park in Hamil­ton Hill and San­tich Park in Lake Coogee will be added as off-leash ar­eas for dogs as part of phase one of the plan.

Two new dog parks are also pro­posed for con­struc­tion at Radonich Park in Beel­iar and Mac­faull Park in Spear­wood.

As part of phase two of the plan, Suc­cess Re­serve, Len Pack­ham Park in Cool­bellup and En­right Re­serve in Hamil­ton Hill are pro­posed off-leash ar­eas.

A lo­cal cat law set to be in­tro­duced next year will pro­hibit fe­lines from re­gional parks in Beel­iar, Jan­dakot and Wood­man Point and City-man­aged con­ser­va­tion ar­eas and any iden­ti­fied ad­di­tional bush­land ar­eas in the City which are known habi­tats for vul­ner­a­ble fauna.

By 2025, the cat man­age­ment laws will mir­ror those cur­rently ap­ply­ing to dogs, such as re­quir­ing them to be kept within their owner’s prop­erty at all times.

City of Cockburn rangers and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Michael Emery said the pro­posed cat laws would not only pro­tect fauna but also help re­duce cat in­juries and deaths caused by be­ing hit by cars or in fights with other cats and dogs.

The plan is es­ti­mated to cost the coun­cil about $550,000 over five years, with $135,000 un­der bud­getary con­sid­er­a­tion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of phase 1 dur­ing 2020-21.

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