The region’s canine friends will be wagging their tails with glee as plans begin for new and improved off-leash dog parks to be developed in Warwick and Stanthorpe. The Warwrick park will be located at Queen’s Park while upgrade works are planned for the existing Connor Street dog park in Stanthorpe.

Funded by the Southern Downs Regional Council, the new ares will be completely fenced and are expected to be finished by the end of June. Community members and the region’s dog owners had previously expressed a desire for off-leash facilities during public consultation on Council’s Draft Budget.

Councillor for Events, Sport, Parks and Recreation, Yve Stocks, said the new dog parks will help promote socialisation and exercise activities for dogs and their owners. “Dogs aren’t just pets, they are members of our families and we all know pet ownership improves physical and mental health,” Councillor Stocks said. “Off-leash dog parks encourage residents to get outdoors, be active and enjoy the region’s beautiful open spaces. These will be wonderful, pet friendly spaces where dogs can play and exercise in a safe, fenced area with picnic tables and park benches as well as rubbish bins and doggie doo bags.”

Councillor Stocks believes that by improving the facilities for fury friends, it will improve the general life satisfactions in residents in the area. “Creating a space for our region’s pooches is all about enhancing the liveability of our region and recreational spaces, but it also helps to manage the impacts on other parks users and any nearby residents,” he said. “Owners wishing to use the new dog parks should ensure their pets are registered with Council, vaccinated and not on heat and owners should clean up after their friends and use the doggie doo bags provided.”

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