PICTURED: Local dog owners Tracey and Monique Skeeter.

Sniffing out interest in a dog park for Torquay

November 21, 2019 BY

THE Surf Coast Shire is inviting community feedback on a potential off-leash dog park in Torquay.

A dog park would provide a fenced-in space where people can let their dogs of the leash and play with other dogs.

Cr David Bell said at this stage the shire was simply looking to see if the park would be something the community wanted.

“We are just testing the water at this point, seeking an idea of how many people might use a dog park in Torquay.

“Community surveying during preparation of our Domestic Animal Management Plan showed some expressions of interest in one being established to help ease pressure on other areas.”

If the park were to go ahead, it would only be open to vaccinated and registered dogs.

Cr Bell encouraged people to voice their opinions on a park being established.

“Dog parks can provide a great alternative to use of ovals and open spaces where conflicts between dogs and other users can be an issue,” he said.

“I urge everyone to contribute during our community engagement process.”

The shire is looking into this option as part of their 2016-25 Open Space Strategy Action Plan.

Community consultation will end on November 29.

To give feedback on the proposal, head to surfcoast.vic.gov.au/About-us/Your-Say/Potential-Dog-Park-in-Torquay.