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Dog off-leash trial a success: Mayor

Tuesday, 30th August, 2011

RUN FREE: Mayor Wincen Cuy with his four-year-old dog Wags at the Queen Elizabeth Park off-leash area yesterday. RUN FREE: Mayor Wincen Cuy with his four-year-old dog Wags at the Queen Elizabeth Park off-leash area yesterday.

By Kurtis Eichler

A decision is still at least a month away but Mayor Wincen Cuy has labelled two trial dog off-leash areas a major success.

In March, Council erected temporary fencing and placed a drinking area for dogs in one section of both the Queen Elizabeth Park and Patton Park.

When the six month trial period expires next month Council will assess the popularity of the off-leash areas which could result in them becoming a permanent fixture in the parks.

The city’s mayor has come out in support of the area, which he enjoys using with his four-year-old Labrador-Staffie cross, Wags.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Clr Cuy said at the Queen Elizabeth Park area yesterday.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for dogs to get off and have a run especially for those people who don’t have extra space at home.”

Mayor Cuy admitted he didn’t think the idea of a dog off-leash area was a major issue, until people started talking about it last year.

“There’s definitely a need in the community. I think as a trial it’s been successful.”

Wolfram Street resident, Trisha Taylor, drives to the Queen Elizabeth Park off-leash area with several of her relative’s dogs twice a week.

She said a permanent area was “very much” needed in the city.

“They absolutely love it,” Mrs Taylor said. “They’ve got the freedom to run free without a leash down there and they seem quite happy.”

Mayor Cuy said if it does become permanent Council may have to look at cleaning up the site on a regular basis to remove prickles.

 

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