Fenced off dog leash park grows legs
GAZETTE readers may recall an article earlier this year, “New fenced dog park a possibility”, which indicated that council had shown interest in the idea of a fenced off leash dog park in response to significant community demand.
Spokesperson for a group of residents who have been pursuing this proposal, Bronwyn Starkey, confirmed that they are delighted council has demonstrated its commitment to this proposal.
Working alongside with the interest group, they will identify a suitable location to get the project underway, with funding for the project having been allocated in the current budget.
Mrs Starkey said it is well known that Euroa is a town with many dog owners and dog lovers.
“It is also widely accepted that dogs need exercise, particularly the opportunity to do so off leash, for optimum exercise and socialisation,” Mrs Starkey said.
“While some dog owners let their dogs off leash in various parks or walking tracks, they are never totally secure from the distractions of traffic or other dogs.
“Only a gated and fenced designated dog park allows this to happen in a safe environment.”
Other city and country Councils have gone down this path with great success and Mrs Starkey said while some people may have concerns about having dogs all together in one area, generally it works well, providing people follow some basic regulations.
“It has been so successful in Shepparton, for example, that they are currently seeking funding to add lights to their dog park to allow extended use, a boon in the hot summer months,” she said.
Euroa are at the stage of identifying suitable locations for our off leash dog park, with an ideal location central to most town residents and have easy access to current users.
“We believe that a location close to the Apex Walking Track would be ideal, as many people already walk their dogs along this track and they can incorporate a session off leash into their exercise routine,” Mrs Starkey said.
“It could also benefit people stopping for a break while travelling and those using the caravan park, which is already dog-friendly.”
Once a suitable site is found for the off leash dog park, Mrs Starkey emphasised it is quite straight forward to construct.
Fencing needs to be wire mesh, a minimum 1.8 metres high, with child proof gates with required seating dog litter bins and water on tap.
The group’s next hurdle is seeking permission from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority for construction of the park due to its proposed proximity to the Sevens Creek.
“Of course, if permission is not granted it will be back to the drawing board to find other alternative locations,” Mrs Starkey said.
“I am confident that working together we can achieve this exciting project in the very near future, so that our current dogs and their owners get the full benefit from this venture.”