Debate about dog parks in City of Vincent to continue

A natural barrier will be planted for dogs at Charles Veryard Reserve.
A natural barrier will be planted for dogs at Charles Veryard Reserve.

THIRTEEN months after the idea of a dog fence at Charles Veryard Reserve was hotly debated during a City of Vincent council meeting, a compromise has been reached.

In February, 2017 the idea of a $15,000 enclosed or semi-enclosed dog exercise area at the reserve was deferred to seek more resident feedback after several residents spoke for and against it.

It went back out for public consultation during December 2017 and January 2018, but survey results indicated there was not broad support for either option.

Council this month , based on advice from administration, agreed to plant $11,000 worth of native vegetation as a natural barrier for local pooches.

Deputy Mayor Susan Gontaszewski said there was still a lot of dialogue to be had about dog areas in public parks and reserves.

“From viewing the results and reading the feedback, I don’t see there’s a clear consensus either from park users that don’t exercise their dogs but even park users that do, that a fully fenced dedicated area is correct at Charles Veryard,” she said,

“What we need to do is look at it from a strategic level; what does a dedicated dog area look like in Vincent?

“I don’t feel we have the consensus to move ahead, I’m happy to see additional landscaping.”

Mayor Emma Cole concurred the discussion would continue.

“This is not the last we will be discussing dog exercise areas,” she said.

Engineering director Andrew Murphy said the vegetation would be waist or chest height.

“A barrier won’t be 100 per cent non-permeable for dogs, they will be able to get through,” he said.

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