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Region’s canine friends to run free at new off-leash dog parks

31 May 2019

 The region’s much-loved canine residents will be wagging their tails with joy with new and improved off-leash dog parks planned for Warwick and Stanthorpe.

A new off-leash dog park will be built at Queen’s Park in Warwick, while upgrade works are planned for the existing Connor Street dog park in Stanthorpe.

Funded by Southern Downs Regional Council, the new areas will be fenced and are expected to be completed by the end of June.

Community members and the region’s dog owners expressed a desire for off-leash facilities during public consultation on Council’s 2019-2020 Draft Budget.

Councillor for Events, Sport, Parks and Recreation Yve Stocks said the new dog parks will help promote socialisation and exercise activities for dogs and their owners. 

“Dogs aren’t just pets, they are members of our families and we all know pet ownership improves physical and mental health,” Cr Stocks said.

“Off-leash dog parks encourage residents to get outdoors, be active and enjoy the region’s beautiful open spaces.

“These will be wonderful, pet friendly spaces where dogs can play and exercise in a safe, fenced area with picnic tables and park benches as well as rubbish bins and doggie doo bags.

“Creating a space for our region’s pooches is all about enhancing the liveability or our region and recreational spaces, but it also helps to manage the impacts on other parks users and any nearby residents.

“Owners wishing to use the new dog parks should ensure their pets are registered with Council, vaccinated and not on heat and owners should clean up after their friends and use the doggie doo bags provided.”

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