Samson: dogs may have to be put on lead at Sir Frederick Samson Park

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

DOGS may be required to be on leashes at Sir Frederick Samson Memorial Park bushland areas, if the City of Fremantle passes its dog exercise and prohibited areas policy.

As previously reported in The Gazette on May 4 2018 “it was proposed the future use of the park be brought before council once further research had been completed and any impacts confirmed”.

A City of Fremantle spokesman said the most recent environmental assessment of Sir Frederick Samson Park was conducted in 2014.

“This primarily focused on bushfire control but also included an assessment of environmental stress in the park and weed mapping,” he said.

“The compromise recommended in this report is the result of the feedback the City received during that consultation and at the Samson precinct meeting.

“If adopted, the change to the policy to make only the central grassed area a dog exercise area (with the rest of it reverting to a dog on-leash area as per sState legislation) will have to be advertised for 28 days.”

In a community consultation in November to December 2017, people responded and 77 per cent opposed the changes.

The report detailed that “from a conservation view point the exclusion of dogs from the bushland would provide the best outcome in conjunction with the bushland management practices”.

User of the park Cass Evans said her and other dog owners weren’t informed that this issue was coming back to council.

“It’s really disappointing, I thought when we met with the Council they were gong to improve their communication, at least they will start talking to us and letting us know about things, but now all of a sudden it seems like it’s not the case,” she said.

If it gets passed by Council the change will be advertised for 28 days to give residents the chance to provide feedback before the policy goes back to council for final adoption.