Council draft plan includes new dog park and door knocking crackdown

The Council opened their first dog park at Clonea Reserve last year and may be investigating another one.
The Council opened their first dog park at Clonea Reserve last year and may be investigating another one.

A draft Animal Management Plan released by the Town of Gawler includes plans to undertake doorknocking to identify unregistered dogs and ensure registration.

Council has now released their Draft Animal Management Plan 2019-2024, which includes 34 specific strategies, for community consultation.

"These plans must cover a 5 year period and with Council's existing Animal Management Plan expiring at the end of 2019, Council has reviewed the Plan and now provide a Draft for public consultation," Town of Gawler Mayor Karen Redman said.

The plan would also investigate the feasibility of the development of a second designated Dog Park, to the southern region of Gawler including cost and location and make a recommendation to Council.

This comes after the Council opened their first dog park at Clonea Reserve last year.

"The dog park opened on 9 September 2018 to the community and became an instant success being praised by the community as a great facility," the plan states.

The Animal Management Plan predominantly focuses on dogs and cats however it also includes other animals that are having a significant community or environmental impact.

The Plan is structured into the following four key areas of:

  1. Dog Management
  2. Cat Management
  3. Other Animal Management
  4. Plan Implementation

The Plan contains a total of 10 objectives under each of the four key result areas relating to that area of animal management. To ensure the objectives are reached, 34 specific strategies are identified under each objective that provide more targeted outcomes.

"Council is keen to hear from our community about the Plan and invite you to provide your feedback," Mayor Redman said.

"There are a couple of ways you can provide your thoughts. You can complete an online survey or provide a written submission to Council."

To view the Draft Animal Management Plan 2019-2024 and complete the online survey please visit Council's online community engagement portal "Your Voice Gawler" at www.gawler.sa.gov.au/your-voice.

Alternatively, hard copies of the survey are available at the Gawler Administration Centre, 43 High Street, Gawler East, which can be returned to the front counter or via post to: Town of Gawler, PO Box 130, Gawler SA 5118.

Written submissions should be marked Draft Animal Management Plan and be addressed to: Chief Executive Officer, Town of Gawler, PO Box 130, Gawler SA 5118.

Survey responses and/or written submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 1 November 2019.