City asks for community input into fenced dog exercise area

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THE City of Melville is asking locals if they support a dog exercise area at Attadale Reserve becoming fenced.

The City has proposed two options on its Melville Talks website, the first being to partially fence the area along Burke Drive with a number of gates for access.

An alternative is to fully fence the area, which is 25,000sq m in size, with the fence to be 40m from Burke Drive and 35m from the riverside pathway.

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The second method would not restrict dogs to just the fenced area.

Chief executive Marten Tieleman said 173 parks and reserves across the City had been assessed for suitability for a dog exercise area.

“The City’s assessment considered a number of criteria including the size, activities, events and equipment at each location, proximity to schools and or residential areas and the classification of each reserve in relation to whether dogs are permitted, restricted or prohibited,” he said.

“Of the 173 parks and reserves that were assessed, Attadale Reserve on Burke Drive was identified as the most suitable location particularly in terms of parking availability and because it is currently used as an off-lead reserve dog exercise area by the community.”

Mr Tieleman said there was no preferred option or funding for the project.

“The community engagement is a process that will help determine what levels of support there are, if any, for or against a particular fencing option, and this feedback will be provided to council for their consideration,” he said.

“Should the project receive approval from council, funding will need to be made available in the 2020-2021 budget.”

The City began investigations into a fenced dog exercise area in July 2018 when councillor Nicole Robins asked for the staff to look at options.

More than 400 comments have been left on the Melville Talks page with opinions being divided between the two options.

People have until 9am on July 15 to put forward their views.