Give a dog a home

Wanneroo Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

THE City of Joon­dalup wants com­mu­nity feed­back on a pro­posed fenced dog ex­er­cise area at one of its parks.

Five parks have been iden­ti­fied as po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions if the pro­posal is ap­proved: Bram­ston Park in Burns Beach, Chich­ester Park in Wood­vale, El­car Park in Joon­dalup, Emer­ald Park in Edgewater and Me­lene Park in Dun­craig.

Cri­te­ria in­cludes parks that are a min­i­mum of 3500sq m, with a min­i­mum of 30m buf­fer from ad­ja­cent res­i­dences, and prefer­ably with a toi­let and car park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

In May 2017, Joon­dalup Coun­cil agreed to list the es­tab­lish­ment of ded­i­cated dog ex­er­cise park fa­cil­i­ties in its five-year cap­i­tal works pro­gram from 201819 and 2021-22.

Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the City had re­ceived sev­eral re­quests in re­cent years to es­tab­lish this kind of fa­cil­ity.

“Other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas that have es­tab­lished dog ex­er­cise ar­eas have re­ported they have been very suc­cess­ful and im­mensely pop­u­lar fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

Many of the Times’ Face­book fol­low­ers agreed, with sev­eral say­ing they trav­elled to Kingsway Dog Park in Made­ley in the City of Wan­neroo.

“It will be good. Get more peo­ple out with their dogs,” Ja­son Ben­nett said.

“Fan­tas­tic idea. Need these in all suburbs,” Karen Greaves added.

Some also made the sug­ges­tion that the park be di­vided to ac­com­mo­date small dogs away from larger ones.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion will run un­til De­cem­ber 17.

This will in­clude con­sult­ing with res­i­dents within 350m of the five parks, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from clubs and com­mu­nity groups us­ing the parks, schools with shared-use agree­ments and the lo­cal res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tions.

Sub­mis­sions can be made at www.joon­ or call 9400 4255.

The re­sults of the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion will be pre­sented to the coun­cil at a fu­ture date to seek di­rec­tion on pro­gress­ing the pro­ject.

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