Dog day afternoon
Pooches and their owners are ok with a cafe at Shelley foreshore, but they don’t want it to affect their play area.
IT was a dog day afternoon in Shelley as people descended upon the foreshore to campaign for the future of the park’s dog zone.
Dog owners and their pooches met up at the Shelley Foreshore on October 6 to show their support for the dog zone and beach.
Rally organiser Richard Aldridge said a City of Canning survey for the Shelly Beach masterplan which suggested a cafe could be built within the dog zone triggered the protest.
“Everyone was expressing the same general concern, that we don’t want anything on the Shelley Beach master plan that will negatively affect the dog zone,” he said.
“If it had never been in the survey as an option for a cafe or carpark we would not have bothered; it was the fact it was under consideration.”
City of Canning councillor Patrick Hall said the dog zone was not under threat and claims the council was planning to get rid of the dog zone were misinformed.
“I am dismayed that people might think that I would advocate or support any plan to change that beautiful beach, especially given that Shelley has such a shortage of dog exercise areas,” he said.
“Assumptions appear to have been made that are not based on fact and regrettably this has led to a great deal of misinformation being spread in the community. No planning at all has been undertaken to this point.”
Cr Hall said external consultants were analysing data from the survey and the information would form the basis for the precinct masterplan.
Dogs and their owners gather on the Shelley foreshore to show their support for the dog zone.