Bark for dogs

Picture: Stock image.
Picture: Stock image.

AT 6pm on December 20, 2016, the City of Canning council will consider whether to do its statutory duty by specifying public lands under its management in Canning Vale as “dog exercise areas.”

These are areas where dogs, which are under control, can run and play off leash. For the past 22 years, 57 of the 58 dog exercise areas – all green space in that district – have been located north of the Roe Highway and only one unsuitable area near the prison in Canning Vale.

Residents of Canning Vale interested either in securing an essential public amenity or simply in ending a long running example of council neglect and discrimination are asked to attend the meeting to demonstrate their support.

Council governs crucial elements of our lives and needs to be reminded that it is accountable to residents and ratepayers and that its 11 members, elected with between 585 to 3376 of the possible 51,907 votes, and its unelected employees do not have an unquestioned mandate and are answerable to the people who ultimately pay their wages.

Show them you are watching by turning up at the council chambers, 1317 Albany Highway, Cannington, or at least let Mayor Paul Ng know how you feel by contacting him on mayor@canning.wa.gov.au.

ALEC Blunden,

Canning Vale.