Proposal appalls

I AM a consistent swimmer and walker at Coogee Beach.

Like writer Denis Hagan (Dog difficulty, Gazette, March 10), I am appalled at the suggestion the City of Cockburn is considering a petition of 116 petitioners that an area less than one acre of the pristine sandy beach of North Coogee would be set aside as a dog accessible area.

Already we have dog beaches at South Beach and C.Y O�Connor Beach.

Coogee is the main family beach south of Fremantle. The proposed area is immediately adjacent to the shark net area and is probably the only beach in WA with shark net facilities.

If this proposal was put forward for any popular beach in other States it would receive no consideration by council.

Councillor Kevin Allen has two dogs and resides in a direct line and within a few hundred metres of the proposed area.

If the proposal were successful, dogs would be allowed to roam free. There would be no barrier to prevent them from encroaching into the shark net area.

Visitors from other areas knowing the beach exists will walk their dogs from the car park onto the shark net beach area to gain access to the dog beach.

Feasibly dog droppings and plastic bags of droppings will be located from North Coogee to the Coogee Caf�.

Even now, we see dogs often brought into the Coogee Caf� area.

Residents should not be apathetic and realise what we have here: a beautiful pristine beach where dogs are not allowed and the family can enjoy a perfect day out.

With enough helpers, I am willing to prepare a petition. I guarantee that within a short time we would not only have 116 signatures but Also at least 1116 signatures of people opposed to the dog beach.

If a dog beach is necessary in Coogee, why not consider an area between Woodman�s Point jetty and the cement factory.

RON BLAKE, Coogee.

n In response to this letter, a City of Cockburn spokesman said:

The City confirms having received a petition for a dog beach at Coogee Beach. The petition was presented by Cr Kevin Allen at the February council meeting.

Once a petition is received, it is assessed by council staff and a report presented to a future council meeting with a recommendation that either supports or opposes the intent of the petition.

It is likely that the matter will be presented to council for consideration by May or June.