Chance to make dog park reality

Vocal locals have been calling for a Barossa dog park for some time on social media, but to date no formal presentations have been put before council and thus, it’s not been discussed.

However, the state government’s new Fund My Neighbourhood program could see the project come to life – and both The Barossa Council mayor Bob Sloane and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll have voiced their support.

“Council hasn’t committed to a dog park, we haven’t even discussed it yet as it’s not come before us,” Mr Sloane said.

“It would be nice if someone would come forward with that idea, and we’d be more than happy to take a look at the plan. Personally, I think it’s a great idea and if we could find some suitable land, it’s something we could certainly look into.”

Mr Knoll said a dog park was “definitely something we should be doing”.

“It’s been a topic of discussion in the Barossa for awhile now and it’s accelerated as a result of ‘strong’ towns,” he said.

“Like people in the city, people want services akin to what you get there. People in residential areas with dogs would like somewhere they can let dogs run around safely and securely.”

Fund My Neighbourhood provides one-off grants between $10,000 and $150,000.

Once all eligible ideas have been submitted online, a public vote will be cast to decide which projects receive grants. Head to fundmyneighbourhood.yoursay.sa.gov.au to find out more.

  • Submitted an idea? Let us know by emailing carla.wiese-smith@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Information session coming to Tanunda

Free information sessions are being held across SA to help communities improve their local areas through the $40 million Fund My Neighbourhood program.

The workshops will help South Australians with submitting their ideas.

With this funding now available to make things happen, and the chance to apply closing on September 8, South Aussies will need to act quickly to submit their ideas.

Each idea should fit into one of six categories. 

Open space, sport and recreation

  • For example: playground and park upgrades (e.g. equipment, bathrooms, bbq, shade shelter etc), urban landscaping, walking trails, outdoor gyms, soccer nets, bocce or basketball court etc.

Mobility, transport and safety

  • For example: universal access (e.g. beach access mats, wheel chair access ramps), smart lighting (e.g. for footpaths, transport stops), safety crossings and pedestrian refuges.

Health, wellbeing and inclusion

  • For example: community gardens, skill share programs, neighbourhood exercise programs, walking school bus, street party or neighbourhood event.

Arts and culture

  • For example: street art, murals and sculpture, neighbourhood performance, cultural inclusion workshops and activities.

Environment and sustainability

  • For example: tool share library, repair cafes and recycling programs, urban environment regeneration.

Innovation and technology

  • For example: community solar energy sharing, neighbourhood sharing economy initiatives, digital solutions and apps.

An information session will be held in Tanunda on Wednesday, August 30, at the CWA Hall from 3.30pm.