Bayswater Riverside Barkfest: event a “natural progression”

Catherine Ehrhardt of Maylands with Miley and Linda McCormack of Maylands with Spud.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443166
Catherine Ehrhardt of Maylands with Miley and Linda McCormack of Maylands with Spud.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443166

A NEW festival for pet owners and their furry friends, Riverside Barkfest, will be held in the City of Bayswater in November.

Local Arts and Community Events (LACE), organisers of Maylands Hawkers Markets, will host the dog-specific event on November 22 at Riverside Gardens West.

LACE founder Catherine Ehrh-ardt said a lot of families came to the markets with their dogs so the event was a natural progression.

“We started discussing how great it was, and that the City of Bayswater has one of the largest off-leash dog parks in Perth, yet no dog events had been held there,” she said.

“It was a natural progression to do a dog-specific event at Riverside Gardens, hence Riverside Barkfest was born.

“We are planning a selection of locally made dog products and treats market stalls, a variety of spaces for dog rescue and adoption agencies, animal charities, games for dogs and a dog beach party.”

Ms Ehrhardt said she expected Riverside Barkfest would be popular with dog owners in the area and estimated a few hundred attendees with their furry friends.

“We encourage dogs to be on a lead at all times when near stalls. Dogs requiring muzzles, by law, must have one on at all times,” she said.

Council unanimously voted for Riverside Barkfest with conditions including a $100 fee, LACE to provide a $650 bond in advance and LACE to provide the City with details of how any proceeds of the event will benefit the community.

Ms Ehrhardt said the $100 hire fee was reasonable but LACE would run the event at a loss without the bond.

“If council thinks we have damaged the turf we may lose the bond and this event will be running at a loss already without that worry.”