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Community dog park gets go-ahead, but as a more modest facility

19 August 2014 (amended: 19 August 2014)

An off-leash dog park has been endorsed by Whyalla City Council, but in a significantly downsized format than an earlier proposal.

Community dog park gets go-ahead,
but as a more modest facility

An off-leash dog park has been endorsed by Whyalla City Council, but in a significantly downsized format than an earlier proposal.

The latest move follows a survey approximately three months ago seeking community feedback regarding design development, which attracted only 92 response with 70.7 percent in favour of the park.

Council will now allocate $30,000, instead of the previously proposed $150,000, to repair existing fencing, install access gates, tidy up the area and make it safe, install bins and doggy bag dispensers, and provide appropriate signage.

Mayor Jim Pollock believes the outcome is a good, balanced decision of Council, which provides dog lovers with an off-leash area for their use, while being financially responsible towards other pressing infrastructure work required elsewhere in the city.

In a report to Council, Executive Manager Engineering Services, Ravi Joshi, said the most recent community feedback was not conclusive as many residents considered a budget of $150,000 too exuberant for a dog park when the city had many other priorities.

Mr Joshi said that by investing $30,000 on the site of the former outdoor swimming pool at the corner of Searle Street and McLennan Avenue next to Civic Park, which had previously been converted into an arboretum, a low cost and low maintenance dog park could be established.

This would fulfil the needs of dog owners while keeping in mind comments made by the community.

Mr Joshi said that with the Jubilee Park Master Plan under development, there was the potential of incorporating a small fenced formal dog park, which could be utilised by both the community and dog club.

Council will transfer $20,000 of its allocated $100,000 contribution to its footpath program and $50,000 to beautification of Whyalla Wetlands to assist with resealing of the main central walking track. The remaining $50,000 for the project had been anticipated to be funded through grants.


 

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