Lyn Squire and her pooch Monty would like somewhere Monty could roam off-leash, as long as the dogs mind their manners.
Lyn Squire and her pooch Monty would like somewhere Monty could roam off-leash, as long as the dogs mind their manners. Max Fleet

Have your say on dog areas

BUNDABERG people are being asked to nominate areas in the region they would like to go to the dogs.

Bundaberg Regional Council is asking residents for their ideas on off-leash dog exercise areas across the region, after it received a 250-signature petition on the issue.

The petition asks for an off-leash area in the Bargara area.

Lyn Squire, who was walking her dog Monty in Alexandra Park this week, said it would be nice to have somewhere to let her pet run off his lead.

“As long as the dogs are well behaved,” she said.

“Many of them don’t mix with traffic well.

“He doesn’t; he’s got a mind of his own.”

Mrs Squire said that in Hervey Bay there were some beaches where dogs could be exercised off their leads between 4pm and 8am.

But she said many of the smaller dogs, particularly the females, could be snappy and aggressive.

“Their natural instincts are a bit hard to overcome,” she said.

Mike Cope was also out for a stroll with his dog this week.

“We usually walk her in Queens Park,” he said.

Mr Cope said many people had little dogs that could not do much harm if they were off their leads.

“I think Queens Park would be a good area for off-leash exercise,” he said.

“But then again, I’ve seen some big dogs there.”

Council health and environmental services spokeswoman Mary Wilkinson said off-leash areas had been mooted for some time.

“We look forward to hearing people’s suggestions on where and why they would like a leash-free area,” she said.

People are asked to nominate possible locations by October 7.

Cr Wilkinson said suggestions could be made through the council’s website at , the “Bright Ideas” suggestion box at Hinkler Central, by contacting one of the council’s service centres, or the call centre on 1300 883 699.

Cr Wilkinson said a good description of the location of the suggested area was required, along with reasons.



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