LEASH LAW A DOGGONE SHAME
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.
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