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Community feedback to help shape improved dog off-lead areas in Kingston’s South ward

3 May 2019

Kingston Council is looking to improve dog off-lead areas in Kingston’s south ward and is seeking community input on the plans.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said Council was looking to fence two existing off-lead areas to help better separate dogs from other park users at Iluka Reserve in Aspendale and Roy Dore Reserve in Carrum.

“We think fencing off the off-lead areas will allow dog owners to exercise their pets safely while allowing other park users to avoid them if they prefer,” Cr Oxley said.

“Dog owners would still need to have effective voice control of their pets but fencing the area could give greater confidence to owners and other park users that dogs will be contained to specific areas of the park.”

“We’re keen to hear community feedback on the idea from regular park users and dog owners before we make any final decisions.”

In October 2018, councillors voted against a 24-hour off-leash zone at Edithvale Beach following community feedback but committed to investigate ways to improve other off-lead areas in the South Ward.

“The community raised suggestions including providing access to free dog bags and fencing some off-leash areas,” said Cr Oxley.

In response Council will:

  • Trial dog poo bag dispensers at parks in each ward
  • Provide customers with greater access to free dog-poo bags in civic and other community and animal related facilities.  This will be in addition to the free bags currently available at Council’s customer service centres at Cheltenham and Chelsea.

Have your say on the proposed fencing of dog off-lead areas at Roy Dore Reserve and Iluka Reserve at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au

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