Dog con­trol too slow

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Last Sun­day [Jan­uary 20] I was walking my dog around Aotea La­goon and was con­fronted by a dog which started fol­low­ing my dog slightly men­ac­ingly. An­i­mals can be un­pre­dictable at times and so I was rightly con­cerned about my dog’s safety and my own.

The dog was un­leashed and the chil­dren who left it to wan­der some way ahead of the them made no ef­fort to re­strain it. Ob­vi­ously there was no sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity taken at the time by the chil­dren but I have to ask – could the chil­dren have re­strained the (medium-sized) dog even if it was on a leash?

The la­goon was full of chil­dren and adults alike, as it al­ways is on such a beau­ti­ful day but more so due to a con­cert that day.

I can’t help won­der­ing of the pos­si­bil­ity of a worse in­ci­dent oc­cur­ring where a child runs up un­ex­pect­edly to the dog, as they do.

I de­cided to report this to PCC min­utes later and was shocked to hear that they are able to log the fault im­me­di­ately but would send some­one out the day af­ter. I don’t even have to ex­plain the prob­lem with this. Mind you, I did query them of the like­li­hood of the group be­ing around the day af­ter.

This boy was also throw­ing stones in the duck pond – where I was mo­ments be­fore – as well as at other ob­jects around the la­goon, but my is­sue is to do with the fact that PCC would only at­tend the call the day af­ter the in­ci­dent. What is the point in hav­ing a 24-hour phone num­ber?

I would like to know if our coun­cil has left the am­bu­lance at the bot­tom of the cliff on this one. Log­ging an in­ci­dent is easy, prevent­ing fur­ther ones is the hard part.

Hopefully there will be some other way in which they can fund this event, though in the present eco­nomic cli­mate any­one seek­ing spon­sor­ship or trust monies will tes­tify to the dif­fi­culty of gain­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port.

I be­lieve, how­ever, the crit­i­cism of the trustees of the Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion at­trib­uted to Liz Kelly are un­duly harsh when one takes an an­a­lyt­i­cal and un­bi­ased view on the broader pic­ture of fund­ing for sport­ing and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

The trusts, whether it be the Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion or other trusts, are al­ways faced with a long list of wor­thy ap­pli­cants whose re­quests for sup­port far ex­ceed the amount of fund­ing avail­able. The trustees face an un­en­vi­able task of pri­ori­tis­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions and there can be no ab­so­lute guar­an­tees of any par­tic­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing suc­cess­ful.

The trustees of the Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion, as was pointed out in the report, are pre­dom­i­nantly peo­ple who have served this city well over a long pe­riod of time. They are fair-minded peo­ple and I be­lieve have an open mind as to where their fund­ing should be di­rected.

I rep­re­sent an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has re­ceived sup­port from MCGF in the past yet we un­der­stand that there can be no guar­an­tees with any ap­pli­ca­tions we make.

Over the years, we have ap­plied to sev­eral dif­fer­ent trust or­gan­i­sa­tions. Most of th­ese ap­pli­ca­tions have been un­suc­cess­ful and with never any ex­pla­na­tion. That seems to be how most trusts op­er­ate, how­ever, I have found that di­a­logue with the MCGF trustees has been read­ily avail­able when needed and I am firmly of the opin­ion that each and ev­ery one of the trustees has the best in­ter­ests of the city in mind when mak­ing the dif­fi­cult fund­ing de­ci­sions they are faced with.

While on fund­ing, the Trust Porirua City Brass Band has re­cently com­pleted a very suc­cess­ful ex­er­cise play­ing Christ­mas carols around the streets of Porirua and Tawa and, in par­tic­u­lar, out­side The Ware­house, who gen­er­ously al­low us space near the en­trance to their busy Porirua store. I would like to thank The Ware­house and the pub­lic for their sup­port. Your gen­er­ous do­na­tions are in­valu­able and vi­tal to our sus­tain­abil­ity.

Thank-you, and I hope that some av­enue of sup­port can be found to sus­tain the Creek­fest event. (Abridged)

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