Water relief for assistance dog space

March 2, 2024 BY

Amenities: As well as a Choose Tap water fountain, the assistance dog relief space also includes a shelter, some fencing and seating, and a walking path. Photo: SUPPLIED

UTILITY provider Central Highlands Water has partnered with the City of Ballarat to offer relief for the region’s assistance dogs.

A Choose Tap water fountain has been installed at the recently opened assistance dog relief area at Doveton Street South between Target and the multi-storey carpark.

CHW managing director Jeff Haydon said the initiative provides another level of accessibility for the community.

“We are pleased to support the City of Ballarat providing a dedicated, safe, clean, and purpose-built space for community guide and assistance dogs to use,” he said.

“Projects like this are an important part of our ongoing efforts to improve accessibility and inclusivity for the community, with a new Choose Tap water fountain providing the opportunity for people and their guide or assistance dogs to also stay hydrated and healthy.”

The space was launched earlier under recommendation from the municipality’s Disability Advisory Committee, and features a mural created by local artist Sandra Minchin.

Opened in late January by deputy-mayor Cr Peter Eddy and Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, the project has been funded between the municipality and the State Government.