Off-leash track announced

June 6, 2021 BY

Dog owners can now walk their dogs off-leash at the popular Highton pipe track. Photo: COGG

THE City of Greater Geelong has given residents the all clear to walk their dogs off-leash at the Highton pipe track following last week’s council meeting.

A notice of motion led by councillor Ron Nelson resulted in the relaxed results for local dog walkers who are the largest recreational users of the greenspace.

Cr Nelson who represents the Kardinina Ward said the review was a good example of community members successfully creating change.

“Thanks to the community members who contacted me about the Highton pipe track,” he said.

“Residents are free to let their dogs off the lead in this area while being mindful of other users exercising along the track.”

Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher said the green corridor dividing Highton and Wandana Heights was a popular spot to exercise amongst residents.

“This is fantastic news for those who like to take their dog to the Highton pipe track,” she said.

“If community members feel strongly about being able to walk dogs off lead, they are welcome to contact their local councillors about the topic.”

Dog owners are being encouraged to maintain effective control over their pets when accessing the track and to pick up after them.

The news follows as the construction nears completion on a fenced dog park in the Kardinia Ward to be located on Barrabool Road in Belmont, beneath Settlement Road Bridge.

The fenced dog park will be one of three set to be completed by the city during this upcoming financial year, with more facilities earmarked for Drysdale and Lara.

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