Unleash fun responsibly in the Shire’s dog exercise areas

Published on Wednesday, 8 May 2024 at 2:24:06 PM

The Shire of Dardanup is committed to promoting responsible dog ownership and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all community members.

As part of these efforts, Shire President Tyrrell Gardiner said it’s important to remind the public of the designated dog exercise areas available throughout the Shire.

Cr Gardiner said with the recent revamping of signage, particularly in the Glenhuon Reserve (football oval and softball field), the Shire aims to reinforce the importance of leash regulations in certain areas.

"Our priority is the safety and well-being of our community members, both owner and dog," Cr Gardiner said.

"We understand the importance of providing clear guidance to dog owners regarding leash requirements, particularly in areas where sports activities take place.

“Signs throughout our Shire clearly indicate that dogs must be kept on a leash while in these specific locations.”

Cr Gardiner said to ensure compliance with leash regulations and maintain public safety, the Shire's Rangers Team conducts regular checks in dog exercise areas. These efforts help to enforce leash regulations and create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.

“While some areas require dogs to be on-leash, the Shire also offers several off-leash areas where dogs can exercise freely under the supervision of their owners. These include Watsons Reserve, Millbridge Reserve, Wells Recreation Park, and Burekup Reserve,” Cr Gardiner said.

"We encourage dog owners to utilise these designated dog exercise areas, where their pets can enjoy physical activity while remaining under effective control.

“It goes without saying that owners are expected to pick up after their dogs and dispose of any excrement, and the Shire provides disposable bags at various locations.

“Regular exercise is essential for the health and well-being of dogs, and we are pleased to provide these spaces for our community."

Cr Gardiner said dog owners need to be responsible stewards of their pets and to always have effective control of their dogs, whether on-leash or off-leash.

He said it is important to carry a leash at all times when visiting dog exercise areas to ensure compliance with regulations and the safety of all park users.

For a list of dog exercise areas within the Shire of Dardanup, please visit the Shire's website at https://www.dardanup.wa.gov.au/our-services/animals-pets/dog-exercise-areas.aspx

For more information and updates, please visit the Shire of Dardanup's website at www.dardanup.wa.gov.au or contact our friendly Customer Service Team on (08) 9724 000 or email records@dardanup.wa.gov.au

Caption: The Shire of Dardanup has a number of on-leash and off-leash dog exercise areas for gorgeous dogs like Obi (left) and Lu, who are pictured posing for their owner Bree.

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