Dog day af­ter­noon

Canning Times - - NEWS -

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.

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