Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - OPINION - TREA WILT­SHIRE, Dar­ling­ton

THANK you Lynn Fisher for sug­gest­ing an em­i­nently sen­si­ble com­pro­mise that would have al­lowed res­i­dents to walk their dogs off leash on the her­itage trail and to James Martin, Doug Jeans and Ian Green for sup­port­ing your mo­tion.

You re­flected the pas­sion­ate views of res­i­dents from across the Shire who filled the pub­lic gallery of the coun­cil ear­lier this year to plead that this 60km track be made a 'dog ex­er­cise area' un­der the new reg­u­la­tions.

Sadly, the re­main­ing coun­cil­lors pre­ferred to reflect the riska­verse op­tion sug­gested by Shire of­fi­cers. With just two in­ci­dents a year along this 60km track – com­pared with some 118 else­where in the Shire last year – this is clearly not a prob­lem re­quir­ing the sort of pro­hi­bi­tion these coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers have now put in place.

Sadly, their de­ci­sion now means that in des­ig­nated dog ex­er­cise ar­eas such as Dar­ling­ton oval the num­bers of dogs will mul­ti­ply – on an oval that sees ju­nior and se­nior sports seven days a week and has an ad­ja­cent chil­dren’s play­ground. The lack of logic is breath­tak­ing given we have an un­con­gested walk­ing trail on our doorstep.

The her­itage trail is a sym­bol of the free­doms we en­joy in Mun­dar­ing. Peo­ple came here so pets weren’t penned in too-small back­yards, so our kids could climb trees, scale rocky out­crops, take risks. By vot­ing to make the her­itage trail on-leash at all times, coun­cil­lors have di­luted the free­doms that dif­fer­en­ti­ate the Mun­dar­ing life­style — its brand — from that of the burbs.

How sad is that. www.face­book.com/hillsmid­land


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