Council all ears on Fenced Dog Exercise Area

A group of about 40 community members and Shire of Dardanup Councillors contributed to a successful workshop on Sunday aimed at helping shape the look and feel of a generic Fenced Dog Exercise Area.

Council in April agreed on general support for further developing concepts at both the eastern and western end of the Eaton Foreshore but asked that this be done in consultation with affected property owners.

The agreement followed completion of a community survey to gauge support for a fenced dog exercise area and preferred locations.

More than 500 responses were received which indicated support for the project and Eaton Foreshore as the preferred location.

Shire of Dardanup CEO André Schönfeldt attended the workshop, facilitated by consultants Tuna Blue, and said the exercise was focused on identifying desirable elements of a generic fenced dog exercise area while also discussing some of the pros and cons associated with the eastern and western ends of the Eaton Foreshore.

Shire staff have worked on concepts based on feedback received at the workshop and these will be further discussed at upcoming meetings with affected parties including nearby property owners and organisers of the Eaton Foreshore Festival.

“These additional meetings will ensure the important values these parties associate with the Eaton Foreshore are considered in developing the concepts,” Mr Schönfeldt said.

“The Shire would also like to make it clear that the intent of the engagement is to ensure that the concepts do not jeopardise the future of the Eaton Foreshore Festival.”

Outcomes of the stakeholder meetings and design options will be further considered by Council at a later date.

“Council will need to weigh up whether the resulting concepts adequately address issues flagged by the community and affected stakeholders about the proposed locations against the need or desire for a fenced dog exercise area in those locations,” Mr Schönfeldt said.

The Shire of Dardanup has almost 2,500 registered dogs plus a range of existing on and off-leash options for exercising them. Council believes provision of a fenced dog exercise area will also enable dog owners to exercise and socialise their pets in a controlled environment.

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