Pet own­ers back­ing fenced-off dog area

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A GROUP of dog own­ers is back­ing the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s plan to up­grade the old Lath­lain-Carlisle Bowl­ing Club site.

The coun­cil’s con­cept plan would see pas­sive and ac­tive dog ex­er­cise ar­eas at the site, where there is cur­rently an en­closed fenced area.

The South­ern Gazette pre­vi­ously re­ported on the Vic­to­ria Park Urban Tree Net­work’s push for an urban for­est to be cre­ated at the site.

Beck­en­ham res­i­dent Melissa Mitchell is among the dog own­ers who travel from sur­round­ing ar­eas to use the site and are back­ing the coun­cil’s plan.

“We have no ar­gu­ments with it; we would like to see some light­ing at the site though,” she said.

“If you come here be­tween 5pm and 5.30pm, there are around 20 to 30 peo­ple; it’s like Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion.

“The ben­e­fit of an en­closed fence is when you have dogs off-lead and the dogs have prob­lems with re­call, they can’t get out of con­trol.”

Ms Mitchell said there were many ben­e­fits to having up­graded fa­cil­i­ties at the site.

“You can meet peo­ple through having dogs and it cre­ates a com­mu­nity of peo­ple,” she said.

“This site is not ad­ver­tised but it’s still pop­u­lar be­cause there aren’t many en­closed ar­eas like it around Perth.

“I don’t think the ex­pan­sion of the site would be a neg­a­tive and it would bring peo­ple closer.”

Carlisle res­i­dent Dee Mont­gomery, whose prop­erty is close to the site, said she was con­cerned by the pro­posal.

“My main con­cern is about the num­ber of peo­ple who will come to the park,” she said.

“Where are they go­ing to park? The street is al­ready full as it is.”

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Peter May said the fenced area al­lowed him to ex­er­cise his grey­hound.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467191

Melissa Mitchell with her dogs Yo­ghurt and Charlie and other lo­cal dog own­ers.

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