Council has approved the establishment of a permanent dog exercise area at Willeri Park in Parkwood following strong support from the community throughout a three month trial and consultation period.
The area is a popular spot for dog walkers and will promote socialisation for dogs and owners alike.
Mayor Patrick Hall said Council’s unanimous support of the proposal was a fabulous outcome for the community and particularly for residents in Parkwood and Willetton.
“There is no doubt that a dog’s behaviour can be improved through adequate exercise and socialisation and of course there are similar health and social benefits for their owners too,” said Mayor Hall.
“The approval of Willeri Park as a dog off-lead area also meets a number of our biodiversity objectives as Council’s decision also included investment in the mass planting of trees across the site. Whilst the decision initially focussed on dogs and their owners, the outcome will be of broad community benefit as it will also result in an increase to tree canopy across the City.”
The City will prepare a wider concept plan to guide the future development of Willeri Park, incorporating the staged mass planting of trees, to commence in winter 2020.
The planting will assist with the delivery of the City of Canning’s Local Biodiversity Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy.
The plan will also investigate the potential to develop a living stream along the watercourse and the installation of further park facilities such as seating and paths.
For more information about dog ownership in Canning, visit www.canning.wa.gov.au/dogs