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Banora Point and Bray Park will be the locations for the Tweed’s first fenced off-leash dog parks.
Residents are being asked for their feedback on designs for the Tweed’s first fenced off-leash dog parks.
Council is partnering with the local community to help finalise the concept designs for the dog parks which will be located at John Baker Reserve on Darlington Drive, Banora Point and Bray Park Reserve in Bray Park.
The projects are funded by a $250,000 federal government grant from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2.
The draft concept plan for John Baker Reserve includes 2 separated play areas for large and small dogs with perimeter fencing, double gate entrances and holding areas. There will also be a range of dog agility equipment such as tunnels, bridges and balance beams – with other features including drinking fountains with dog bowls, free dog poo bags and bins, picnic tables, seating and shelter and tree planting for shade.
As part of these improvements, Amaroo Park in Banora Point will be upgraded to a family-friendly district park and playground and will cease to have an unfenced off-leash dog facility. Community engagement for the new district park will begin in 2022.
At Bray Park, the new fenced off-leash dog park will be located in Bray Park Reserve at the corner of Tree Street and Kyogle Road. The draft concept plan for this park includes one fenced dog play area, internal pathways, drinking fountains with dog bowls, free dog poo bags and bins, picnic tables, seating and new signage.
Residents can visit www.yoursaytweed.com.au/dogparks to give their feedback by Sunday 22 August 2021.
Manager Parks and Active Communities Stewart Brawley said the fenced off-leash dog parks will be functional, safe and enjoyable for dogs and their owners.
“Off-leash dog areas provide opportunities for dog owners to learn more about responsible pet ownership, socialise with their dogs and are a great place for owners to meet other people with common interests,” he said.
“Fenced dog parks also provide a location where you can let your dog off leash without the risk of your dog running off or chasing the Tweed’s threatened and endangered wildlife.
“The projects were identified by the community as a key priority in Council’s adopted Open Space Strategy 2019–29 and we’ve used the feedback from this consultation to create these exciting draft concept plans. We also consulted 6 other councils to gain insights into site selection and layout, management and maintenance, supporting facilities and signage.
“We’ve listened to the community and now we’re checking back with residents to make sure they’re happy with the dog park designs. So please have your say by completing the survey.”
Following the consultation, both off-leash dog parks are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
There are a number of other off-leash dog areas in the Tweed which can be found by visiting www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WalkMyDog
Photo 1: Banora Point and Bray Park will be the locations for the Tweed’s first fenced off-leash dog parks.
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