Dog parks are good ven­tures

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

THE Far North is a re­gion of dog lovers.

In the main, tens of thou­sands of pets live a happy life with their own­ers in sub­ur­bia as well as on acreages and big­ger prop­er­ties.

One of the key req­ui­sites of dog own­er­ship is ex­er­cis­ing the an­i­mals, which can be a chal­lenge in the built en­vi­ron­ment.

Many take their four-legged com­pan­ions for walks on streets and roads, but they should be on a leash.

How­ever, most dogs like to run around and most well-be­haved ca­nines also like to in­ter­act with oth­ers.

So there is a need for more ar­eas where peo­ple can let their dogs run free with­out a leash.

Beach and river ar­eas are not so eas­ily ac­cessed by all res­i­dents.

A Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil re­port notes that beaches are high-use gen­eral pub­lic ar­eas which many res­i­dents found are un­suit­able for walk­ing dogs off the leash.

The coun­cil has de­ter­mined that there is a need for 18 new off-leash ar­eas across the city on top of the ex­ist­ing 45 zones.

Of these seven are ur­gent. The coun­cil plans to spend $470,000 at Bent­ley Park, Palm Cove, Ke­warra Beach, White Rock, Kan­im­bla and Red­lynch, in­clud­ing $250,000 at Bar­ron Wa­ters Park, Car­avon­ica.

The new ar­eas will be ap­pre­ci­ated by dog own­ers and hope­fully will re­duce the num­ber of bark­ing com­plaints about bored dogs.

The ex­pense is a wise in­vest­ment. Nick Dal­ton Deputy ed­i­tor

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