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City seeks input into review of dog exercise areas

Posted on February 02, 2018
The City of Bayswater has embarked on a review of its existing and potential dog exercise areas in an effort to provide clarity around the rights and responsibilities of all park users.

Mayor Dan Bull said pet ownership in the City was on the increase.

"We expect there will be an increase in the number of dogs across the City due to infill development so conducting a review of our dog exercise areas is timely."

"It is important dogs have appropriate places, such as parks, to exercise without the restriction of a lead."

"We need to balance the needs of all park users such local residents, walkers, sporting clubs, cyclists and children in playgrounds."

"We are keen to capture feedback from all park users and from today until 28 February our Rangers will be visiting every reserve across the City asking people to complete a survey in relation to dog exercise areas."

"It is vital we canvass the views of all park users and are keen to capture any ideas or concerns individuals may have. The feedback we gain will inform Council's decision making and help plan for the future.

"An online version of the survey is now live on the City's engagement portal at http:/engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au. I would encourage park users to have their say."

In addition to the survey, the City will be hosting a focus group with a range of different interest groups such as dog owners, cyclists, playgroups, sporting clubs, environmental groups and residents living in close proximity to parks.

"We are seeking a broad range of views on this topic.

A review of park signage will also run concurrent to the survey.

"We hope a positive outcome of the signage review will be to provide some clarity around designated dog exercise areas and remind dog owners of their responsibilities so our beautiful open spaces can be enjoyed by all.'

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