Barossa Council agree to off-leash dog parks in December meeting

A scene from October 2017 where Barossa dog owners joined in Tanunda to seek support from Schubert MP Stephan Knoll to develop designated off-leash dog parks for the area.
A scene from October 2017 where Barossa dog owners joined in Tanunda to seek support from Schubert MP Stephan Knoll to develop designated off-leash dog parks for the area.

Barossa dog owners will finally have two off-leash spaces to run their canines.

The Barossa Council agreed to support two dog parks, one in the north and one in the south, during their ordinary meeting on December 18, 2018.

Council officers and community members involved in the project recommended that land both at Penrice Road, Nuriootpa, and Williamstown Queen Victoria Jubilee Park were the most suitable locations.

For many community members it’s a big win following their lobby to the council in 2017 after dog owners’ were left disappointment regarding The Barossa Council's decision to “not support” three separate dog park proposals submitted through the former state government's Fund My Neighbourhood scheme.

Following the May 2018 state election, Schubert MP Stephan Knoll delivered on a promise to support not one, but two dog parks in the Barossa by way of committing $100,000 in funds.

He had also led a community petition, in support of dogs parks for the Barossa, which resulted in over 800 signatures.

In August last year, the council agreed to explore designated dog spaces following their own led survey, which achieved more than 400 community responses.

According to the council, locations for dog parks have now been developed with interested community members and by using numbers of dog registrations in townships and by visiting the sites.

Ideally, the locations will include water, some natural shade, and not too close to residences.

Community members, through the survey and involved in the working group, have further indicated that they will be satisfied with a simple fenced area, bins, gates and access to water.

The size of the fenced area has been determined by the available budget and can be adjusted by modifying the linear meterage of the fence installed.

Initial quotes to install two dog parks, with modest inclusions, totals $110,940, which is supported by the $100,000 grant provided by Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

The additional $10,940 is required to complete the installation with $5000 per annum  applied to the base Parks and Gardens budget which will fund ongoing maintenance and officer time.

Council further agreed to write to the sites’ neighbouring property owners to notify them of the decision and to invite feedback.