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Feedback wanted for new dog off leash parks

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A survey is asking residents to outline the equipment and facilities they would like to see included in new dog off leash parks.

Two new fenced dog off leash parks will be introduced in coming months and the community can now provide feedback on proposed locations and inclusions.

The facilities received funding in Bundaberg Regional Council’s 2021/2022 budget and will complement the four existing dog off leash parks in Bundaberg and Bargara.

Ten locations have been included in the shortlist for the community survey, including:

  • Avenell Heights/Kepnock
  • Avoca/Millbank
  • Branyan/Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Bundaberg South
  • Burnett Heads
  • Childers
  • Elliott Heads
  • Gin Gin
  • Moore Park Beach
  • Woodgate Beach

Animal Control portfolio spokesperson Cr May Mitchell said, in particular, Council was keen to hear from dog owners who would use the dog parks regularly.

“The shortlisted locations were selected for inclusion in the community survey through a combination of resident requests in recent years and where we know there are high numbers of dog registrations,” Cr Mitchell said.

“By including the community in this decision-making process, we can help to ensure that new dog off leash facilities are developed where they will provide the greatest community benefit and get the most use.”

The survey also asks residents to outline the equipment and facilities they would like to see included in the new dog off leash parks.

“Our existing dog off leash areas in Lions Park, Daph Geddes Park, Mary Kinross Park and Jayteens Park feature a range of agility equipment all made from recycled plastic.

“This is a great opportunity to provide pets with mental and physical stimulus.

“We’re keen to hear if there is anything dog owners do or don’t like or any new ideas they may have.”

Cr Mitchell said the new dog off leash parks would provide fantastic opportunities for healthier, happier animals.

“Dog off leash parks provide a space for dogs and their owners to stretch their legs, expend some energy and enjoy a change of scenery.

“But we know from our existing parks that they also provide a valuable social opportunity for pets and owners.

“In fact, a number of dog owner groups have been formed around play dates at local dog off leash facilities.”

To have your say on the locations and inclusions for the two new dog off leash areas, click here.

7 COMMENTS

7 COMMENTS

  1. More seating and away from the bin
    2nd poo bag dispenser
    A sprinkler system to keep the grass green, not a dust bowl
    A off leash beach area

  2. Don’t want them. Give us some off leash beach areas instead.
    Waste of money, no matter how you try and sell it!

  3. Gerry, yes i agree the parks seem to be used for gasbaggers not exercise for the dogs. Elliot heads used to be great for exercising the labs off lead and swimming till the paw patrol took over, and there are three more huge areas i used near the aldi and near scotland street that are now being built on, my dogs need to run not pansy around in enclosures.

  4. Yes definitely off leash area’s not prison style exercise yards. Owner’s want to walk with their dogs. Take a good look at Coolum Beach to see how it is done and to attract visitors to the area. The great thing is it cost’s very little to do. Bundy North is a Mine field

  5. I object to a dog park at Riverview, anywhere near residential areas.These facilities should be kept away from public use areas. There is already enough barking dogs in our area ,l feel this would devalue any properties in the vicinity and would strongly object .

  6. Agreed with the other comments left here. All of this beach area around the Bargara/Elliott Heads region and not one off-leash beach area to exercise our dogs properly. Come on get with the times council!!! The majority of Australian households have dogs and they need proper exercise and socialisation opportunities, not boxed in, unattractive and unenriching dog parks.

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