Petition calls for South Lake off-leash dog area


Aileen Hamill, Dee Walton-Bence, councillors Phil Eva and Steve Portelli, Luke Hills with dog Stella, Lowell Ellis with dog Rafiki, and Sean Bence with Daisy at the parcel of land they hope can become a dog exercise area.
Aileen Hamill, Dee Walton-Bence, councillors Phil Eva and Steve Portelli, Luke Hills with dog Stella, Lowell Ellis with dog Rafiki, and Sean Bence with Daisy at the parcel of land they hope can become a dog exercise area.

A PETITION calling for a new off-leash dog area in South Lake has attracted 220 signatures.

Residents Dee Walton-Bence, Aileen Hamill and their unofficial group of dog walkers are keen to see the green space on the Western Power easement between South Lake Drive and Elderberry Drive made available to dogs off the lead.

They also want some shade and water fountains added.

They say the off-leash area at Glen Mia Park, about one kilometre from their preferred site, is unsafe due to litter and because it already includes an unfenced children’s playground.

“(An off the lead area) promotes good health for owners and animals,” Ms Walton-Bence said.

“And it’s a great way for people to come together.

“We’ve got people from all different backgrounds and careers who want to join with us.”

The pair handed over the signatures to Cockburn councillors Steve Portelli and Phil Eva last Thursday.

“It’s a great idea,” Mr Portelli said.

“It helps the interaction of the community. People get together with a shared interest; their pets.”

Mr Eva said the site would be perfect.

“It’s being used for nothing else,” he said.

“I fully support it.”

The petition will be tabled at the City’s August council meeting