Three new off-leash dog parks will be developed on the Fraser Coast.
The off-leash areas will be built at Bernard Corser Park in Maryborough, Brendan Hansen Park in Granville, and Petersen Park in Craignish.
Council will continue its investigation into developing a facility at Point Vernon.
“Off-leash areas provide the opportunity for dogs to play, exercise and socialise leash-free with other dogs and dog park visitors,” Cr Paul Truscott said.
“Council provides 18 fenced and unfenced dog off-leash areas across the Fraser Coast, which can include a range of facilities such as seating, water, dog waste bins, litter bag dispensers and agility equipment.
“There was widespread community support for Council to develop these new facilities across the region, and I’m sure they will prove popular when completed in the coming months.”
At the meeting, Council also formally designated its off-leash area so they comply with the administrative requirements of Local Law 2. More information including a PDF map of the dog off-leash areas can be downloaded from Council’s website.
Meanwhile, the announcement comes just days after Council urged pet-owners to follow the rules when it comes to letting their dogs off-leash in public spaces.
Around 20 turtle hatchlings were killed by two dogs on a Point Vernon beach recently.
Councillor David Lewis said the hatchlings were killed when the owners allegedly let their dogs roam free while they went for a swim.
A member of the public managed to save around 40 hatchlings.
Cr Lewis said at the time beach entrances are signposted to alert people if dogs are prohibited, allowed on-leash or off.
He said residents were privileged to have turtles nesting right on their doorsteps but urged people to respect and protect the region’s natural wildlife.