PUTTING NATURE BACK IN SUBURBIA
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.