Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

IN re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle “Pet own­ers back­ing fenced-off dog area”, Gazette, April 4.

Pro­vid­ing lo­cal chil­dren with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence an ur­ban for­est at the old Lath­lain-Carlisle Bowling Club site is far more im­por­tant than ex­pand­ing and fenc­ing dog ex­er­cise ar­eas.

Many chil­dren, like my daugh­ter, do not have ac­cess to a gar­den be­cause Lath­lain is a high-den­sity de­vel­op­ment zone.

If an area is zoned for dense de­vel­op­ment, a coun­cil needs to pro­vide ex­tra green spa­ces for the whole com­mu­nity, not just dog own­ers.

Putting things in per­spec­tive, we have far more chil­dren than dogs in this area.

Look­ing af­ter the phys­i­cal health and de­vel­op­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness in chil­dren should be a coun­cil pri­or­ity.

By all means de­vote some space to the dogs, but not the great swathes of land pro­posed by the Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil.

An ur­ban for­est will at­tract more peo­ple to meet up in the area for rea­sons other than dog ex­er­cise too.

A bush track would give the lo­cals who do not fancy do­ing laps around an oval for ex­er­cise a beau­ti­ful and re­lax­ing place for walks.

Dog own­ers could also meet up and en­joy the bush track too.

Thus, both groups are be­ing pro­vided with fa­cil­i­ties. The space should be for ev­ery­one.

I sup­port the Vic­to­ria Park Ur­ban Tree Net­work in re­quest­ing an ur­ban for­est at the old Lath­lainCarlisle Bowling Club site.

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