FRASER Coast residents with smaller dogs can now take their furry friends to new off-leash dog parks and keep them separate from bigger dogs.
The two parks are located in Craignish and Granville.
Division 5 Councillor Jade Wellings said the off-leash parks with separate areas for smaller and bigger dogs would give residents more confidence to take their pets out to socialise.
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“There are a range of off leash dog areas throughout the Fraser Coast that are very popular, but until now, we didn’t have any areas with dedicated sections for little dogs and big dogs,” she said.
“A number of people raised with me that they were worried about taking their small dogs to a dog park where it was one big fenced area.
“This created concern about conflict, and whether that conflict is started by a small dog or a big dog, it’s always the small dog that comes off second best.
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“I’m pleased that Council has listened to the community and created new sectioned off leash dog areas at the Petersen Park in Craignish and the Brendan Hansen Park in Granville.”
Cr Welling said the off leash dog area was the latest of a range of improvements made to the Petersen Park over the past 18 months.
“Craignish is one of the fastest growing areas on the Fraser Coast and Petersen Park is becoming even more popular following recent makeovers,” she said.
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“The works have included the installation of a shade cover over the playground equipment, lighting and electrical upgrades, improvements to the picnic shelter, a new asphalt car park and concrete walkway, and an upgrade of the BMX track.
“It’s fantastic to see how local families have embraced Petersen Park and the addition of the new off leash dog area for small and large dogs is another great enhancement to this space.”
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