Dog­fight over fore­shore

Canning Gazette - - NEWS - Carmelle Wilkin­son

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Richard Aldridge with his dog Hunta on the Shel­ley/ross­moyne fore­shore.­mu­ni­ d495936

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