Ballina Shire will soon have a dedicated dog park.
Ballina Shire will soon have a dedicated dog park. oneinchpunch

Ballina to let the dogs run free

DOGS will have the chance to run free in safety in Ballina after Councillor Jeff Johnson successfully moved for Ballina Council to establish a dog park within the shire over the next year.

"This initiative will now be included in the 2017/18 Operational Plan which will be a first of its kind for Ballina. Currently there is no dedicated enclosed off-lead exercise/training area for dogs within the Ballina Shire”, Cr Johnson said.

"There is a growing number of households that have dogs and it's important for the council to provide areas for these dogs to be trained and to socialise. There is a wider community benefit also from having dogs that are better trained and socialized”, he said.

While there are seven designated off-lead areas within the Ballina Shire, currently there are no dedicated enclosed off-lead exercise/training area for dogs - which are important for owners to be able to train their dogs in a safe area where the dogs can't run away.

"While some people may think that this isn't an area that the council should be allocating resources for, and I appreciate that, one needs to consider that thousands of local families have dogs, and well trained and socialized dogs do have a wider community benefit,” Cr Johnson said.



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