Bayview Reserve favoured to be site of off-leash dog park

Bayview Reserve favoured to be site of off-leash dog park

The draft study was unanimously endorsed by the Corporate and Community Development committee this week after City officers identified Bayview Reserve in Rockingham as the most appropriate site.

Two potential sites � Bayview Reserve and Fairview Reserve in Waikiki � were investigated and City community infrastructure planning manager Ashley Pittard said a number of factors made Bayview Reserve the preferred site.

�Fairview Reserve abuts a major road with a speed limit of 70km/h which creates a problem for any dogs that get out (of the enclosure); there is a drainage basin in the corner that takes potentially 20 per cent of the reserve away and generally there isn�t much parking around,� he said.

�If there are a lot of people using the site, Bayview (has a number of factors that builds) a better case: it�s larger, has better access, less traffic and better, existing parking.�

Baldivis ward Councillor Matthew Whitfield questioned why �a more central� location such as Waikiki, or even Baldivis, was not selected, especially as more than 4000 of the 20,283 registered dogs in the city are in Baldivis.

�Two (reserves) in Baldivis were looked at but they weren�t appropriate,� Mr Pittard said.

�Any future dog site in Baldivis would be a new one, not an existing space.�