Armadale dog lovers petition City for fenced dog park

Armadale MLA Tony Buti and his dog Sophia making new friends at John Dunn Sporting Reserve in Kelmscott.
Armadale MLA Tony Buti and his dog Sophia making new friends at John Dunn Sporting Reserve in Kelmscott.

A PETITION bearing the signatures of 469 Armadale dog lovers wanting a fenced area to exercise their furry friends was submitted to Armadale council on Monday .

Their request came after Armadale MLA Tony Buti pledged $40,000 for fencing and equipment for a dog exercise area at John Dunn Sporting Reserve in Kelmscott.

Desiring a fully fenced, off-leash dog park larger than half a hectare – to fit in multiple dogs and an obstacle course – the petitioners argued a designated dog area would allow for controlled and safe activities benefitting all members of the community.

They submitted a dog park would avoid unwanted dog and human – and dog and dog – interactions, increase opportunities for residents to mingle and could be used to promote responsible dog ownership.

The petition asked for two separate areas to accommodate small and big dogs in addition to adequate shade, water points, seating, public amenities, suitable parking and a children’s play area.

A residential buffer to avoid affecting surrounding households was recommended.

Council referred the matter to its Technical Services Committee for further investigation.