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Wesley Hill velodrome to become dog free

Dog at velodrome

From 1 December Wesley Hill velodrome and Doug Powell Oval will be a no-go zone for dogs.

Monday 27 November 2017

Dog walking regulations at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve are set to change to improve public safety at the multipurpose sports precinct.

An incident caused by a dog running onto the track at the velodrome in July prompted a review of animal restrictions at the site.

Following a risk assessment after the incident, dogs will be prohibited in the velodrome and on Doug Powell Oval and must be on-lead at the netball courts from December.

Dogs can remain off-lead in other areas at the reserve. However, pet owners should have their dog under effective control at all times.

“The use of local parks and reserves by dog walkers is encouraged and recognised by Council as creating a positive sense of community if conducted in a responsible way,” said Rebecca Stockfeld, Acting Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The Wesley Hill upgrade is well underway so this was a good time to review animal controls at the sports hub to best manage the safety of users while considering the needs of pet owners,” said Rebecca Stockfeld, Acting Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The velodrome is the only facility of its type in the shire and it is reasonable for cyclists to expect the velodrome is a safe place to ride,” she said.

The introduction of dog free and on-leash areas at the reserve are supported by the Committee of Management which includes local cycling, football and netball clubs.

New signage will soon be installed at the reserve to advise the changes.

Officers will patrol the area to educate park users about the change of status for animal management at the facility.

Other dog-free areas in Mount Alexander Shire are Victory Park and the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens playground.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at Campbells Creek Community Park, Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and in the Castlemaine and Maldon CBDs.

“Dogs may be walked off lead outside these areas but must be kept under control at all times,” said Ms Stockfeld.

“Dog bags are also available at most facilities to encourage owners to clean up after their pet. Pet owners will face penalties if they don’t do the right thing,” she said.

Council’s new Domestic Animal Management Plan also includes an action to investigate and locate a site for the construction of an off-lead dog park by mid next year.

To view the plan or find out more about dog walking in Mount Alexander Shire at the Plans and Strategies page of Council's website.

Dog no-go zones:

 Wesley Hill Velodrome
 Victory Park Castlemaine
 Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Playground

Dogs on-lead:

Campbells Creek Community Park
 Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
 Castlemaine CBD
 Maldon CBD

Don’t forget:

 Dogs may be walked off-lead on other Council managed/public land
 Dogs must be under effective control
 Clean up after your pet

Image: From 1 December dogs need to stay off Wesley Hill velodrome and Doug Powell Oval.

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