City of Fremantle announces changes to dog policies


Local dog owners Cass Evans, Andy Wheeler (UK visitor), Mel Walsh, Carmen Cowdrey, Yvonne Jones, Neil Johnson and Teresa Johnson (UK visitor). Picture: Martin Kennealey d482363
Local dog owners Cass Evans, Andy Wheeler (UK visitor), Mel Walsh, Carmen Cowdrey, Yvonne Jones, Neil Johnson and Teresa Johnson (UK visitor). Picture: Martin Kennealey d482363

DOG owners are set to change where they walk their four-legged friends with City of Fremantle passing a range of new policies.

The circular park opposite Freeman Loop in North Fremantle will become a dog on-leash area so owners can access dog-friendly cafes, showers and a water station at this location.

Dogs will be prohibited from the central cricket wicket area, practice nets and main soccer pitch at Stevens Reserve and Hilton Park.

The parks will remain dog on-lead areas when sporting events take place.

Booyeembarra Park will remain a dog prohibited area with the City not supporting a request to allow dogs as it could cause potential disruption to native species.

Sir Frederick Samson Park will remain as a dog off-leash area as the Samson Park precinct group indicated that further research and an environmental impact assessment may need to been undertaken to determine the suitability of the bushland.

It was proposed the future use of this park be brought before council once further research had been completed and any impacts confirmed.

Sir Frederick Samson Park user Carmen Cowdreysaid other users were relieved with council’s decision.

“It was a feeling that everything happened really quickly,” she said.

“Since then we’ve had a couple of meeting and the council are communicating a lot better with proposed changes about the park.

“We feel like the caretakers of the park, I am very happy with the decision, we just love the park.”

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