AT the Shire of Mundaring meeting on September 12, 2017, the council rejected a well- considered motion by Cr Trish Cook to designate the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail (RRHT) as a dog exercise area.
While the motion reflected the views expressed by the vast majority of respondents to the Shire's call for public comment on this matter, disappointingly a significant number of councillors did not wish to listen to the community's views but represented their own particular bias on this matter.
I was relieved to see Cr Lynn Fisher looking to find a compromise with a motion for on-leash and off-leash times. Fortunately councillors Cook, Pauline Clark, James Martin and Doug Jeans strongly supported the motion and it was carried.
The proposal to designate the RRHT as a dog exercise area for limited hours is now up for public comment. If passed, it would provide for dogs to be walked on the RRHT off-leash between 4pm and 10am and on-leash from 10am to 4pm.
As the period for public comment ends on Monday, October 23, I encourage interested members of the community to make a comment to council on this matter by this date. Perhaps those councillors who voted “No” last time will listen this time, or maybe it's time we found some new councillors to represent the views of the community they are elected to represent.