Council puts dogs on a tight leash

The City of Joondalup is seeking feedback on allowing dogs on-lead in the southern part of Central Park. Picture: Bruce Hunt
The City of Joondalup is seeking feedback on allowing dogs on-lead in the southern part of Central Park. Picture: Bruce Hunt

DOGS could soon be prohibited or required to be on a lead in parts of Central Park in Joondalup.

The City of Joondalup is seeking feedback on its proposal to prohibit dogs in the northern part of Central Park, which contains the war memorial, and require them to be on-lead in the southern part, which hosts the weekly Joondalup Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.

The City is also proposing to require dogs be on-lead in all of Lakeside Park in Joondalup and continue the current prohibition of dogs in the Central Park natural area.

Though dogs are currently able to be exercised off-lead in the north and south of Central Park, a February council document said this was “an oversight and it has always been considered that Central Park was dog prohibited”.

The proposal for the southern part of Central Park follows a petition submitted to the council by the Joondalup Farmers’ Market requesting dogs be allowed into the park during the markets.

Lakeside Park, which currently allows dogs off-lead, has been included in the proposal to help protect the high biodiversity values of the flora and fauna contained within the space, including Carnaby’s black cockatoos and forrest red-tail cockatoos.

Submissions can be made until May 28 at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or call City rangers on 1300 655 860 for a hard copy.

A report will then be presented to the council to consider the consultation results.

If approved, another report will be presented to the council two years after the changes are made to assess the behaviour of dogs in Central Park.