Dogfight over foreshore
A POPULAR dog park in Shelley could be lost to car parking or a coffee shop and locals are barking mad.
The Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore Management Plan endorsed by council last week preserves the site’s ecological, cultural and social values, but does not include long-term plans for a popular dog park.
Shelley resident Richard Aldridge said it was convenient the council chose to exclude the section of foreshore next to Watersby Crescent and Beatrice Avenue from the original masterplan.
“We’re just concerned we’re going to end up with restaurant or coffee shop that we don’t want,’’ he said. “And there are a few people on the council that are bang up for it.”
Mr Aldridge said Shelley Beach Park was a large public open space perfect for those with furry friends.
“The park includes a dog beach, which is great for dogs to have a swim,’’ he said.
“There is also heaps of space for dogs to chase each other without running on to the road and if it’s enclosed or replaced with car parking, this will be detrimental to dog owners.
“Dog owners really consider their pooches as part of the family. The problem with fenced spots is that you are caging in the owners at the same time.
“People want to spend quality time with their dog and not just exercise it.”
Mr Aldridge said on any given day there were at least 100 dog owners socialising and enjoying the space with their dogs.
Canning Mayor Paul Ng said while the management plan proposed some changes to existing dog exercise areas, as well as the potential for additional parking for these spaces, these recommendations would be further explored in the City’s forthcoming Draft Dog Spaces Strategy.
“The Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore is well loved and well frequented by the community and also holds significant environmental value,” Mr Ng said. “This plan will ensure the foreshore can continue to be enjoyed by all while protecting and enhancing it as a vital ecological corridor.”
One of the key strategies of the plan is to preserve and enhance the area’s natural environment through planting native sedges along the foreshore, weed control and erosion management. It will also include installation of exercise equipment, barbecues, shade and water fountains.
Richard Aldridge with his dog Hunta on the Shelley/rossmoyne foreshore. www.communitypix.com.au d495936