Petition to stop youth crime
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.