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Off-lead parks possible for Seymour

Mitchell Shire Council's draft dogs policy might create new off-lead dog parks in the area, including two in Seymour.

January 1, 2014 4:55am

More than 10 off-lead dog parks could be created in Mitchell Shire — including two in Seymour.

The council’s draft Dogs in Public Places policy is now open for public submissions and locals have until Friday, February 14 to have their say.

Mitchell Shire Council developed the policy after conducting a survey and community consultation.

Results from the initial consultation found the community, including dog owners, supported dogs being on leads in nearly all public places.

There was, however, strong support for designated off-lead areas in parks and reserves.

The policy identifies 13 areas throughout the shire suitable for off-lead dog parks. In Seymour two areas have been identified: part of Chittick Park between the tennis courts and Bennett Oval; and part of Australian Light Horse Memorial Park.

In Tallarook, part of the recreation reserve has been identified as a potential off-lead area and in Wallan part of Hadfield Park and the Roulston Way Reserve.

The policy not only outlines potential locations for dog off-lead areas, it also shows areas where dogs will be prohibited and guidelines for dog off-lead areas.

Mayor Rodney Parker urged residents to have their say on the draft policy.

‘‘Council is committed to testing community attitudes about dogs in parks and reserves and potential off-lead sites in more detail, with the view to reaching a high level of community consensus,’’ Cr Parker said.

To read the full policy go to www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Submission forms are availaible on the website and can be emailed to mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday, February 14.

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