City of Melville begin investigations into fenced dog exercise area

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THE City of Melville has begun investigating the possibility of a fenced dog area.

A motion from Councillor Nicole Robins to start looking at location options for a dog exercise park was given the green light by the council on July 17.

As part of the motion, the administration will look into the indicative cost of the project, how it would be funded and how a plan to consult with residents would take place.

Possible locations suggested were John Connell Reserve, Piney Lakes Reserve and Burke Drive, with a report set to come back to council by February 2019.

Cr Robins said residents had approached her to talk about the possibility of a fenced dog area and she believed it would create opportunities for dog socialisation, exercise and training while also providing owners the chance to interact.

She said the type of facility, location and cost would all need to be considered before council made a final decision.

Councillor Tim Barling said some residents were travelling to Success or north of the river and he believed a local fenced dog area would provide benefits to owners.

Councillor June Barton expressed concern about dogs running onto the road if the fence was to be vandalised or broken down.

The motion was approved nine votes to four.