City of Perth commissioners refuse dog daycare

City of Perth commissioners have refused a dog daycare in West Perth
City of Perth commissioners have refused a dog daycare in West Perth

MADAME Ma’s Doggie Daycare will not open in West Perth despite an impassioned plea from the mum of a future employee of the business.

City of Perth commissioners voted against an application from Marian Gorman to open the dog daycare centre at 581-583 Murray Street because they were not convinced noise from the dogs could be adequately controlled.

As Commissioner Andrew Hammond was proposing a motion against the officer’s recommendation to approve the plans, Joanne Huggins stood up in the public gallery and asked to speak in favour of the business.

Standing orders were then suspended to allow Ms Huggins to speak.

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The City of Perth ratepayer said her daughter would be one of three people employed at the business.

“She hasn’t been employed for over two years,” Ms Huggins said.

“This is going to be a professional, classy business.”

During deputations, Giovanni Monaco, who owns commercial property nearby on Hay Street, said the business would be detrimental to property values in the area.

“I don’t think my current tenant will stay if the change of use (to allow the dog daycare) is approved,” Mr Monaco said.

“Noise management and smell, how will these be managed?”

Mr Monaco said business people did not want to look out the window of a boardroom and see a pink building housing a dog daycare.

“I don’t think this is a good area for dogs,” he said.

At a briefing session last week, Ms Gorman said noisy dog breeds and pooches that barked all day would not be welcome at the daycare.

She said closed windows, glazing and echo minimising wall treatments would be used to minimise noise.