Allen and Jann Lee allow their dog Heidi to enjoy her new-found freedom.
Allen and Jann Lee allow their dog Heidi to enjoy her new-found freedom.

New off-leash area for dogs

By Janelle McLennan

The thought of their precious little blondehaired girl running around in the overgrown tick-infested grass of Casino's McDonald Park was off-putting for Jann and Allen Lee.

"We'd never take Heidi there," the Theresa Creek couple said.

"We'd rather walk her on the leash."

Which is why news that Richmond Valley Council is creating another off-leash area for dogs in Casino, as well as others in Evans Head and Coraki, is welcome news to the Lees. At present there is only one off-leash area in Casino near the boat ramp at McDonald Park.

It's a similar situation in Evans Head and Coraki.

However, that's about to change with the council agreeing to create additional off-leash areas at South Casino adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park, near the Fishermen's Co-op at South Evans Head, and south of the East Coraki Bridge at Coraki.

Council's decision follows criticisms from the public that the current off-leash areas either were not properly maintained, not suitable for dogs, or simply inadequate.

"We take Heidi with us just about everywhere we go. If we come to town (Casino), she generally comes with us and it would be nice it we could let her have a run around, especially if it's hot," said Mrs Lee, the secretary of the Casino and District Kennel Club.

Mrs Lee is equally delighted that there will now be two off-leash areas at Evans Head.



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