City mulls plan for fenced dog park

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of Melville has be­gun in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a fenced dog area.

A mo­tion from Coun­cil­lor Ni­cole Robins to start look­ing at lo­ca­tion op­tions for a dog ex­er­cise park was given the green light by the coun­cil on July 17.

As part of the mo­tion, the ad­min­is­tra­tion will look into the in­dica­tive cost of the project, how it would be funded and how a plan to con­sult with res­i­dents would take place. Pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions sug­gested were John Con­nell Re­serve, Piney Lakes Re­serve and Burke Drive, with a re­port set to come back to coun­cil by Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Cr Robins said res­i­dents had ap­proached her to talk about the pos­si­bil­ity of a fenced dog area and she be­lieved it would cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for dog so­cial­i­sa­tion, ex­er­cise and train­ing while also pro­vid­ing own­ers the chance to in­ter­act.

She said the type of fa­cil­ity, lo­ca­tion and cost would all need to be con­sid­ered be­fore coun­cil made a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Tim Bar­ling said some res­i­dents were trav­el­ling to Suc­cess or north of the river and he be­lieved a lo­cal fenced dog area would pro­vide ben­e­fits to own­ers.

Coun­cil­lor June Bar­ton ex­pressed con­cern about dogs running on to the road if the fence was to be van­dalised or bro­ken down.

The mo­tion was ap­proved nine votes to four.

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