Plea to go public

Cr Lee-Anne Smith and her dog Millie.
Cr Lee-Anne Smith and her dog Millie.

In November, Cockburn councillor Lee-Anne Smith requested a report into suitable sites, costs and construction periods be produced, saying residents had been calling for an exercise park since 2005.

A fenced-off dog park would provide Cockburn with a space for dogs to exercise, while also providing a location for dog training organisations to run classes and a venue for annual events.

Research officers found the park would have to be about 100 metres in length and 75 metres in width, with each possible location scrutinised against a large criteria.

Six parks were found to meet the criteria, with Jandakot’s Yarra Vista Park looking to be the most likely option at this stage.

Success resident Lee-Anne Atkinson said she had been searching for a safe exercise area where pet owners could allow their dogs to interact off the leash, without the risk of them running on to the road or following other dogs or people.

Ms Atkinson said the area would need to have a double-gate entry, an appropriate fence height to ensure the safety of pets, adequate parking, a water supply and an undercover shaded area with seating.

‘Installing some dog training equipment like weavers and tunnels would be an added bonus,’ she said.