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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Owners unleash their plan ZILKA GROGAN Dog owners Lynn Devitt and Emma Whiteman with Jez and Rusty in Centenary Park, Croydon. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP226000 To drive somewhere to walk your dog partially defeats the purpose of walking your dog in the first place' ' Resident LYNN DEVITT DOG owners in Ashfield are push- ing for the creation of a second dog off-leash area in Croydon. The proposal, which was due to be discussed at Ashfield Council meeting on Tuesday night, recommends off-leash times for Centenary Park in Queen St. The council has prepared a response to the proposal that was also to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting. The proposal for the dog off- leash area at Centenary Park was submitted by Croydon residents Lynn Devitt, Jean Wisby and Claire Van Heyningen. Ms Devitt feels the existing off- leash area at Cadigal Reserve does not meet the needs of dog owners. ''We would need to access Cadigal Reserve via a motor ve- hicle,'' Ms Devitt said. ''To drive somewhere to walk your dog partially defeats the purpose of walking your dog in the first place, especially the health benefits,'' she said. The proposal recommends dog off-leash times from Monday to Thursday between 10pm and 9am, Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 8am and Sundays from 6.30pm to 9am. The council report suggests that an off-leash area would be difficult to control and that the risk of dog attacks may be increased. Ms Devitt said the group recog- nises the points raised by the council in its report but feels a number of the issues could be resolved. ''When we put the proposal together, we tried not to interfere with sporting fixtures or the times when children are in the area,'' Ms Devitt said. ''I know that some of them have overlapped according to the coun- cil report but we are willing to look at those hours again and make changes.'' Ms Devitt walks her dog, a shetland sheepdog named Jez, morning and night, seven days a week. She said walking her dog has allowed her to make some good friends and increase her sense of community. Ashfield deputy mayor Morris Mansour supports the proposal. Cr Mansour said dogs and their owners needed space to exercise. ''I do not think it's acceptable, the report recommendations at the moment,'' he said. ''But at the very least we are very happy that the council is exploring the issue and I will continue to lobby for a more equitable outcome for dog owners in the Ashfield area.'' Nominate a top citizen for award NOMINATIONS for the 2008 Canada Bay Citizen of the Year Awards are now open. Last year, the Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Justine Perkins who established the char- ity Touched by Olivia after losing her infant daughter to a rare disease in 2006. The other categories are Young Citizen of the Year, Sport Citizen of the Year and Arts and Culture Citizen of the Year. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.canada bay.nsw.gov.au or phone 9911 6555. Nominations close on Wednesday, January 7. The winners will be announced on Australia Day 2009. Closing art show is Mental As! TODAY is the last day to check out the skills of young local artists who have put a Mental As! exhi- bition together at the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield. The exhibition, at 25a Barker St, is a culmination of art produced in workshops held by local artists aimed at young people aged 14 to 25 years. The workshops aim to allow young people to showcase their artistic skills as well as create open dialogue about mental health and wellbeing. The Mental As! project was launched during Mental Health Week in October by Strathfield Council, Youth Block, Headspace and Sydney South Western Area Health Service. All Polos $59 Offer available for a limited time and only in Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Stores. Shop T51-T52 Direct Factory Outlets (DFO), 3-5 Underwood Road, Homebush -- Ph 9746 2441 POLO RALPH LAUREN FACTORY SALE All Shirts $69 PRL11969 IWW Get more gifts for your money. This Christmas, for every $100 you spend, we'll give you a voucher to get $25 off your next purchase of $50 or more. That should make it a very merry Christmas. Conditions apply, see in-store for details. Offer valid until 31 Dec 2008. Not valid with any other offer.
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