Hills Gazette - - OPINION - PHIL DANIELS, Dar­ling­ton

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.

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