Bark some or­ders at dog park pro­posal

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

CA­NINE own­ers in Gat­ton could have a new place to so­cialise their pets by April next year if laws to al­low a dog park are leg­is­lated by coun­cil.

If ap­proved, the an­i­mal ex­er­cise area will open on the south-west side of Lake Apex ad­ja­cent to the skate park.

Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil deputy mayor Ja­son Cook said coun­cil hope to im­ple­ment the project to sat­isfy the de­mand of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“The re­gion’s first off-leash dog park at Lai­d­ley has been very well re­ceived and utilised with many res­i­dents ask­ing when Gat­ton will get one,” Cr Cook said.

“Off-leash dog parks of­fer an op­por­tu­nity for re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers to so­cialise their dogs and al­low them to run freely in ap­pro­pri­ate pub­lic spa­ces.”

He said the project also ad­dressed con­cerns of dogs run­ning loose in the area.

“This is a way peo­ple can take them (their dogs) out in a con­tained space and let them off and run and be no bother to any­one,” he said.

“An off-leash fa­cil­ity at Lake Apex can re­duce in­ci­dences of wildlife be­ing ha­rassed around the lake, which would be a great out­come for this en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive area.”

Af­ter pass­ing the pro­posal last week, LVRC have opened sub­mis­sions for com­mu­nity mem­bers to give feed­back.

Adare dog owner Vanessa Eaddy said she was thrilled at the pos­si­bil­ity of a dog park open­ing close to home.

“It’s re­ally good for so­cial­i­sa­tion, which helps with ag­gres­sion and train­ing,” Ms Eaddy said.

“It’s also good for peo­ple be­cause it’s a way to meet peo­ple you wouldn’t nor­mally meet, and you’ve got some­thing in com­mon.”

Ms Eaddy said while she would bring her three dogs to the fa­cil­ity in a heart­beat, she would like to see seg­re­gated ar­eas at the fa­cil­ity.

“It’s im­por­tant to have them sep­a­rated, lit­tle dogs and big dogs do play dif­fer­ently and there can be a bit of in­tim­i­da­tion, which can lead to fear ag­gres­sion,” she said.

Sub­mis­sions will re­main open un­til Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16, be­fore amend­ing the lo­cal law con­cern­ing An­i­mal Man­age­ment.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

FURRY FRIENDS: Vanessa Eaddy with her three ca­nines at the site des­ig­nated for Gat­ton’s first dog park.

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