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Shepparton may trial off-leash dog park

City of Greater Shepparton councillors will today decide whether to have a six-month off-leash dog park trial.

JARROD WHITTAKER December 17, 2013 4:58am

Shepparton may trial an off-leash dog park.


Shepparton dog lovers could soon have a place to walk their pooches off-leash, with Greater Shepparton City Council set to consider establishing a dog park.

Councillors will tonight consider a recommendation to have a six-month off-leash dog park trial.

The fencing would be designed to prevent dogs escaping beneath the barrier.

A council officer’s report recommends trialling the park at Ducat Reserve on Shepparton’s Paterson Rd.

If the recommendation is approved, the council will allocate $14300 to the trial.

Several requirements would need to be observed by people using the park.

Shepparton off-leash dog park advocate Steve Cartwright welcomed the trial.

‘‘It should prove to council that people can use it the right way,’’ Mr Cartwright said.

‘‘It’s about the public doing the right thing, respecting it and using it correctly.’’

After assessing several sites, four were considered to be suitable for the trial.

In addition to Ducat Reserve, sites at Sherbourne Reserve, Mason St and Karibok Park were considered.

Mr Cartwright said while Ducat Reserve was ‘‘probably still not the ideal location for a permanent park’’, it was good to see the issue progressing.

He said it was important the park was fenced.

‘‘There was no point in trying to having an unfenced trial,’’ Mr Cartwright said.

‘‘It’s too risky having an area where dogs can get on the road or into children’s playgrounds.’’

According to the council officer’s report, the advantage of Ducat Reserve was its size — which would offer a buffer to surrounding residential properties.

It also found the site could be easily patrolled, there was access to water and some car parking was available.

Its disadvantages included potential conflict with existing community use and the land being subject to inundation.

The December Greater Shepparton City Council meeting will be in the boardroom at the Welsford St offices from 5.30pm today.

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