Di­vi­sion ques­tion

The seem­ingly un­nec­es­sary fence di­vid­ing a pub­lic park in Shel­ley.

Canning Times - - NEWS - Matt Zis

AT Shel­ley Beach Park, the grass is not nec­es­sar­ily greener on the other side. So why the di­vid­ing fence?

It’s the ques­tion that dog walk­ers and other users of the vast open space have long pon­dered.

The seem­ingly un­nec­es­sary wooden park-fenc­ing runs right through the dog ex­er­cise sec­tion of the park, from Watersby Cres­cent to the beach­side foot­path.

Daily park vis­i­tor Richard Aldridge, who moved to Shel­ley about six years ago, be­lieves the age­ing fence posts should be re­moved al­to­gether.

He said the dog ex­er­cise area could be the best in Perth if a small amount of money was spent on im­prove­ments such as a small shel­ter, drink­ing taps for dogs, greener grass and an ex­tra dog bag dis­penser.

When Mr Aldridge brought his ideas for im­prove­ment to the re­cent Can­ning City Coun­cil meet­ing, no one in au­thor­ity was able to ex­plain the di­vid­ing fence – but an as­sur­ance was given that it would be looked into.

“It’s not just about the dogs, it’s about the hu­mans that own the dogs,” Mr Aldridge said.

“I used to let me kids climb across the fence when they were younger but it’s got very old and you can see the splin­ters now.”

His best guess was that the fence was in­stalled many years ago to keep cars away from the nearby point of the river, which was once more mud flats than grass.

He said the area was re­de­vel­oped as a grass ex­ten­sion many years ago and there was enough room for cars to get into the zone at the foot­path, ren­der­ing that the­ory no longer rel­e­vant.

Re­mov­ing the fence would also make life eas­ier for the coun­cil’s gar­den­ers, who have to ma­noeu­vre ride-on mow­ers around the posts and whip­per-snip­per grass around the base of each pole.

Can­ning en­vi­ron­ment di­rec­tor War­ren Bow said Mr Aldridge’s sug­ges­tions would be ad­dressed as part of the con­sul­ta­tion feed­back for the Shel­ley Beach Park mas­ter­plan pro­posal.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

The Shel­ley Beach Park fence is no prob­lem for Richard Aldridge’s dog Hunta.

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