Ca­nines now wel­come at cafe

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

MAN­AGE­MENT at two Coogee cafes have wel­comed a de­ci­sion al­low­ing peo­ple to bring dogs on leads to their busi­nesses.

At its July coun­cil meet­ing, Cock­burn coun­cil backed coun­cil­lor Kevin Allen’s mo­tion to al­low dogs to visit al­fresco ar­eas at the Coogee Beach Cafe and the Surf­ing Lizard Cafe at the Coogee Surf Life Sav­ing Club, if agreed to by cafe op­er­a­tors.

Dogs have to be on leads and are still re­stricted from beaches, pic­nic ar­eas and the jetty.

Surf­ing Lizard Cafe owner Sam Tito said she was “stoked” with coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

She said 60 to 70 per cent of her cus­tomers were dog walk­ers, with many of those too fright­ened to bring their dogs while a de­ci­sion from coun­cil was pend­ing.

“We’re happy to have dogs here; not in­side ob­vi­ously and they have to be in con­trol,” she said.

“But we have never had any is­sues be­fore.

“Most of our cus­tomers walk re­ally early and call in on the way back.”

A Coogee Beach Cafe spokes­woman said sales there had dropped too.

“Our cus­tomers were call­ing us say­ing, ‘we can’t come, we’re very up­set’,” she said.

“We’re very happy with the de­ci­sion.

“Peo­ple with dogs don’t need the whole area, and they’re all re­spon­si­ble.”

North Coogee res­i­dent Peree Mehmet, who in 2015 un­suc­cess­fully pe­ti­tioned to have a sec­tion of Coogee Beach des­ig­nated as a dog ex­er­cise area, said she was ec­static to be able to visit her lo­cal cafe.

Tak­ing the lead: Coogee Beach Cafe is now a dog-friendly es­tab­lish­ment.

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