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
- Branyan/Kentucky Bluegrass
- Bundaberg South
- Burnett Heads
- 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.