Paw space at premium

Yanchep and Two Rocks residents starting a petition asking for the dog beach to be extended
Yanchep and Two Rocks residents starting a petition asking for the dog beach to be extended

Resident Amanda Houston said owners needed designated dog exercise areas to maintain their pets’ health, and were fortunate with the existing dog beach in Yanchep.

‘The beach area itself is very limited in space ” the waves pound the shore making it too rough for most dogs to swim in the sea, and swimming is an important means of exercise for dogs,’ Mrs Houston said.

‘The 250m would include a small section of reef pools thus enabling dogs and their owners the opportunity to swim safely.’

The existing dog beach is less than 500m, and Mrs Houston said they also needed easy access to it, with adequate parking.

‘We need adequate numbers of waste bins in order that we may clean up after our dogs,’ she said.

There are more than 820 registered dogs in Yanchep, according to Mrs Houston, so socially responsible pet ownership was important for their health, children’s safety and general well-being in the community.

‘More people and dogs out walking, combined with an increase in regular walks and swims, can further a sense of safety in the community, while well-exercised dogs are less likely to behave anti-socially,’ she said.

Petition organisers will be outside the Yanchep IGA this Thursday and next, from 10am to noon.

The petition will also be circulated at the Capricorn Festival on March 16 before the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association plans to present it to Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts at the council’s March 25 meeting.