Time for dog owners to speak up

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll is encouraging local residents to take part in The Barossa Council’s consultation on the need for dog parks in the community.

The consultation is being conducted as a result of a petition which was presented to councillors in February this year, asking Council to consider providing a secure off-leash facility for the region’s four-legged friends.

“More than 840 people signed our petition, demonstrating a clear desire for such a facility in the Barossa,” Mr Knoll said.

“There are a number of recreational facilities in the Barossa, but we are yet to have a designated, fully fenced area for dogs to run free.

“Over the years I have been approached by many constituents who have expressed the need for somewhere they can safely exercise their dogs, which is why I advocated for and secured $100,000 from the Liberal Government prior to this year’s election to make this project a reality.”

The funding – which is now available to Council – supports the development of two new dog parks in the northern and southern regions of the Barossa.

The dog parks would provide open and secure spaces for residents to exercise their dogs.

Importantly, with the region a popular destination for tourists, the new parks would also serve those visiting the Barossa with their pets.

Mr Knoll said there would also be numerous social and community benefits, with dog park advocates keen to involve community groups and schools in the project.

“I’ve seen some wonderful examples of communities working together to create attractive and happy spaces which can be utilised by a broader demographic,” he said.

“Those who don’t have their own dogs would be able to come and enjoy the space while patting a furry friend or two.

“I would love to see this become a real grassroots project where, say, men’s sheds, Lions and Rotary groups would help to build extra facilities such as benches or shelters.”

The Barossa Council is accepting submissions on the proposed dog parks via its ourbetterbarossa.com.au website only. Consultation concludes on Wednesday, August 8.

Two pop-up information sessions were held at The Co-op in Nuriootpa on July 19 and at Williamstown on July 21.

If you don’t have access to a computer, please call Council on 8563 8444.