Barossa Council to discuss dog parks in ordinary August meeting

Nuriootpa Kelly Adams with Schubert MP Stephan Knoll who support two dog parks for the Barossa.
Nuriootpa Kelly Adams with Schubert MP Stephan Knoll who support two dog parks for the Barossa.

More than 400 people responded to the recent Barossa council led survey which sought more feedback about dog parks in the community.

The 435 responses will form a discussion to sit at the “top” of council’s agenda at their ordinary meeting this month. 

Barossa dog parks’ supporter Kelly Adams believes the amount of responses indicate “support and need for the facility”.

“It supports everything we (Barossa’s pet owners) have approached council with over the last year, so we look forward to moving forward as was we have been suggesting,” she said.

Currently, $100,000 committed to establishing two dog parks in the Barossa sits with state government as the community patiently awaits Barossa Council’s direction.

The community consultation was agreed to by elected members during their February meeting to “undertake a preliminary project to determine the community need for dog parks”.

It followed the 840-plus signed petition, presented to the council that month of those in support of two designated off leash parks, run by Schubert MP Stephan Knoll.

To date, about 5000 dogs are registered in the council zone.

The council, who referred to their three-week community consultation round as “successful”, shared how the feedback will be formally discussed at their ordinary meeting on Tuesday, August 21. 

It involved two community pop-up information sessions at both Nuriootpa and Williamstown.

Also sought were views on potential inclusions, wish list, for dog parks.

“It was great to see the community seize the opportunity to have their say on dog parks which will help us (council) determine the needs and wants for dog parks in our region, balanced with the cost to the community,” Mayor Bob Sloane said.

The survey data is currently being analysed by council with a report prepared for consideration at the August meeting.