Warringah rangers don't hide or pounce. In response to the numerous stories from members, we asked Warringah Council if so called 'Gestapo approaches' were sanctioned. We were told that your reports were 'unfounded' and that 'council rangers conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.' Refreshing to know.
Warringah Council has finally admitted our legal right to assembly - check out the media section for last minute updates. Funny though, they say dogs don't have that right. We agree, in principle, unless of course those dogs belong to us and are with us. Since common sense isn't working, and (owned) 'property' is subject to a range of interpretation, we think it is a matter for the courts to decide. Of course, we still invite Warringah to take their head of the sand and come to the table and be willing to SHARE community resources be it on a time basis or a space basis. We will be asking them to publish their acknowledgement of our legal assembly as one aspect of making amends to our concerns regarding defamation.
Warringah Council have accepted our complaint of ranger WCR08 (who they say acted professionally) when he said "get away, don't talk to me. You're crazy, you need psychiatric help” to Barking Mad folks. Aside from slamming the myriad benefits to everyday people of psychiatric help or support during difficult times like grief, Barking Mad expects better from rangers. Read their code of conduct here. Fortunately, our supporters witnessed this, and recorded it, so should Council claim that THIS allegation is unfounded, will truly be unfounded.
Response from Dick Persson, Warringah Administrator received. Mr. Perrson does not agree the first Salty Dog's Day Out was a success - but then he wasn't there, was he? Council still implies there is an illegal element to this legal assembly. We're getting our legal folks on this to clarify the matter with Council. Our next assembly is 27 May.
You can now sign up for your Barking Mad membership online with your credit card - HOWEVER, some problems have been reported if you have entered your email address previously. It this is the case, email us - thanks.
I think we would be hard pressed to find any lobbyist or business person who doesn't agree that legislation lags behind our current state of knowledge. The recently lifted ban of home water tanks is one example. Unfortunate but true, change in legislation does not come easily. As one council dog officer told me in relation to dogs on the beach "it hasn't changed for the last 15 years and it's never going to.” Aside from the absolute MOTIVATION that comment invites, it is also a sad indication of the view of some people in government.
If things didn't change just because they haven't for the last 15 years, we would not be wearing seat belts, or transporting our children in baby capsules in vehicles. We wouldn’t have air bags, we wouldn’t recycle and we still wouldn’t know what a cappuccino is!
There is no logic in a legislative view that the past dictates the future. Barking Mad is set up to challenge and change the legislation that puts unjust restrictions on responsible pet owners. We accept that some people don’t want a change and that will always be the case with every situation. A diverse community does not work by consensus. If you don’t like dogs, don’t want them on ‘your’ beach or at your café, we accept your opinion and choice. Personally, for most of my life I would not have been seen as ‘dog-person’. Obviously my view has changed, and through this change, I accept (but may not fully understand) people who are not keen on dogs or other pets.
As membership increases, the tactics of lobbying become more varied. Not all members want to participate in a legal assembly. Some want more demonstrations such as dogs outside of parliament house (now there's an idea!), some want a class action against penalty notices and some want to be a quiet supporter or a poll-taker.
I greatly appreciate all your views and opinions, especially that you have taken the time to make contact or otherwise get your voice heard. Now, if you've got a campaign you want to run, do get in touch. Thanks, Eedra