City to get first fenced dog park

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The City of Joondalup will get its first dedicated fenced dog exercise area at Elcar Park, Joondalup with construction to be completed by September 2019.

An idea first raised by North Ward Councillor Kerry Hollywood via a Notice of Motion, Joondalup Council gave the green light for the project to proceed at its April meeting with $150,000 listed in the City’s 18-19 Budget for construction costs.

Fenced dog exercise areas are becoming more popular throughout the Perth metropolitan area; specific areas where dogs can socialise in a more controlled and safer environment.

Council’s decision followed extensive community feedback including a three-week consultation period, where community members were asked about their overall level of support for a fenced dog exercise area at an existing park within Joondalup. They were also asked for a preferred location from five options.

The five shortlisted parks were all at least 3,500 square metres in size and at least 30 metres from adjacent residences.

The City received 1,234 valid responses during the consultation period with most respondents indicating they either “supported” or “strongly supported” the proposal.

Elcar Park was favoured by respondents and found to be the most accessible, particularly for people who live in the Joondalup CBD where there are limited options for dog exercise.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City’s first fenced dog exercise area would only enhance Joondalup’s reputation as one of the most dog-friendly local government areas in Perth.

“Our City is home to one of the largest dog populations per local government area in Australia and many dog owners in our City have been calling on this type of infrastructure for a number of years,” he said

“As well as the obvious benefits for dogs, exercise areas of this type have also provided an opportunity for community interaction between owners and improved social contact. I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.”

The remainder of Elcar Park outside of the proposed dog exercise will be designated ‘dogs on leash’.

The City of Joondalup is also home to one of the best dog beaches in the metropolitan area at  Hillarys and most City parks offer dog waste disposal facilities.