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
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.”