Pe­ti­tion to stop youth crime

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of paws will pit­ter-pat­ter their way across South Perth’s Sir James Mitchell Park dur­ing the RSPCA’s Mil­lion Paws Walk.

Hamil­ton Hill staffy Shani will be among the dogs big and small tak­ing part in the fundrais­ing event and will be walk­ing for the sixth time along­side her owner An­nie Ken­nerly.

Ms Ken­nerly said it was a great so­cial event for Shani.

“She really loves the in­ter­ac­tions with so many other dogs,” Ms Ken­nerly said.

“I love an­i­mals, they make living worth­while and all should be looked af­ter and loved; the love returned is im­mea­sur­able. RSPCA need all the help they can get so that they can help an­i­mals in need.”

She said there would be plenty for peo­ple and their four-legged friends to en­joy on the day and en­cour­aged other locals to join in the fun.

“All dogs have such a great time, smiles and wag­ging tails all around, and the walk is along the river with a lovely view,” she said.

“There are com­pe­ti­tions to en­ter. Shani came third in the Best Dog cat­e­gory once, which was lovely; she was quite pleased with her­self.

“There are stalls of all kinds, with lots of informatio­n about what is out there to help you look af­ter, and also treat, your dogs.”

The Mil­lion Walk is on May 19.

Visit www.mil­lion­pawswalk.com.au for more informatio­n or to register. Paws A PE­TI­TION has started in Cock­burn that con­demns re­cent youth vi­o­lence and asks the State Gov­ern­ment to change the laws.

City of Cock­burn Coun­cil­lor Cha­monix Terblanche and lo­cal res­i­dent Ur­sula Smit cre­ated the pe­ti­tion, which asks the State Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil to re­view the Young Of­fend­ers Act 1994 and make the nec­es­sary re­form to curb youth crime.

Teenage girls fight­ing and try­ing to break into char­ity tins and a teenage boy becoming dis­or­derly af­ter he was asked to leave a cloth­ing store are two in­ci­dents that oc­curred at Cock­burn Gate­way Shop­ping City in April alone, with shop­pers and lo­cal res­i­dents say­ing on so­cial media not enough was be­ing done to pre­vent poor behaviour.

“The on­go­ing vi­o­lence has caused great con­cern for Cock­burn res­i­dents; many are not even go­ing to the Cock­burn CBD any­more as a re­sult,” Cr Terblanche said.

“Youth know that there are no con­se­quences for them when com­mit­ting a crime; as a re­sult they are ram­pantly doing what they wish.

“I re­alised that some­one needs to drive change and this pe­ti­tion is a way that the com­mu­nity can ac­tively do some­thing about the prob­lem and not only com­plain about it on so­cial media.”

Cr Terblanche said they planned to hand the pe­ti­tion to the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil next month.

“Sup­port is coming thick and fast from res­i­dents across Cock­burn and even be­yond, since the pe­ti­tion call re­lates to all youth across WA,” she said.

“It is time the politi­cians step up and take a stance against youth crime.”

The pe­ti­tion will be at the health shop across from Aldi at Cock­burn Gate­way until May 20.

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