New rules for dogs in public places

SHIRE of Mundaring is seeking public feedback on dog exercise areas and locations where dogs will be prohibited.

The specified areas form part of a proposal which was supported at a recent Council meeting.

Shire President David Lavell said the proposal was developed because Council wanted to provide the community with further clarification around where they could and couldn't exercise their dogs.

"It also means people who are not necessarily dog lovers, know they can visit a public place in a dog-free environment," he said.

A dog exercise area is a location where a dog can be exercised "off leash" by someone who is capable of controlling the dog. In addition, that person must also be carrying a leash in case the dog needs to be restrained.

The proposed dog exercise areas are as follows:

Bellevue – Elder Park;

Boya – Boya Oval;

Chidlow – Chidlow Oval and Forge Reserve; Warrigal Reserve,

Darlington - Darlington Oval, Leschen Park and Gladys Park;

Glen Forrest - Glen Forrest Oval, Springside Park and Hawter Park;

Greenmount - Fraser Park, Peace Park, Bunninyong Park and Stuart Park;

Helena Valley - Glenway Park, Glenwood Park, Glynden Park and Riverside Park;

Midvale - Moir Park;

Mount Helena - Elsie Austin Oval, Pioneer Park, Woodfield Park;

Mundaring - Noblewood Park, Bugle Gully Park, Harry Riseborough Oval;

Parkerville - Parkerville Oval, John Taylor Park, Parkhill Reserve;

Sawyers Valley - Sawyers Valley Oval, Millstream Park, Jarrah Creek Reserve;

Stoneville - Norris Park, Gilfellon Park, Hanley Park, Parklands Reserve and William Adams Park;

Swan View - Brown Park, Collier Park, Ellesmere Park, Eaglemont Park, Balfour Basin, Weston Park and Bedale Park.

Proposed prohibited areas include Shire-owned and managed public buildings, Blackboy Hill Memorial, Mundaring and Wooroloo Cemeteries, Lake Leschenaultia and Sculpture Park Children's Playground. Under the current proposal, dogs will not be permitted within the boundary of play equipment areas and on sporting ovals during play and maintenance work.

Any public place that is not specified in the proposal as either a Dog Exercise Area or a Prohibited Area would come under the general requirements of the Dog Act 1976 which means dogs must be on a leash. An example of this is the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail (RRHT).

Since 2014, there been six relatively serious dog attacks on the RRHT which have been reported to Shire staff. Of those attacks, two were unleashed dogs attacking leashed dogs, two were unleashed dogs attacking pedestrians and two were unleashed dogs attacking cyclists.   

Cr Lavell said Council welcomed public feedback on the proposal. "The community has 28 days to provide comment about the specified areas, as per the proposal," he said.

"Shire of Mundaring takes the safety of its community and their animals very seriously. Dog owners who break the rules may face a penalty of up to $200 (or up to $400 if the dog is a declared dangerous dog).

Comments about Shire of Mundaring's proposed Dog Exercise Areas and prohibited areas can be provided via email to noting "dog exercise/prohibited areas" in the subject line. Alternatively, hard copy letters can be directed to Shire of Mundaring, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, WA 6073.

The public notice comment period closed on Monday, 19 June 2017. All feedback will now be considered by council.

For further information, please contact the Shire's Community Safety Team by calling 9290 6629.

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