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Elsie Palmer Field declared dog free zone

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Thursday 10 January 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council has designated the Elsie Palmer Field at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve a dog free zone to improve public safety at the sports ground.

The move follows a Council decision to declare the upper oval dog free in December following concerns about public health and safety issues at the field over the past year.

Council heard concerns from local user groups including dogs not under effective control, damage to the cricket pitch and residents not picking up after their dogs.

Affected user groups include local cricket and soccer clubs, school groups, as well as volunteers maintaining the grounds.
The resolution follows the declaration of a dog free area at the Doug Powell Oval and an on-lead area at the netball courts in December 2017.

The regulations were changed following a review of animal restrictions at the site after a cyclist was injured in an incident involving a dog at the velodrome.

The introduction of animal restrictions at the reserve were supported by the Committee of Management which includes local cycling, football and netball clubs.

Council has installed new signage and officers will patrol the area to educate users about the changes at the field caused by irresponsible pet owners.

Dogs can be off-lead in other areas at the reserve but must be kept under control at all times. Don’t forget to pick up after your pet.

Council has published a notice of the order, in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act.

Download a map of the area:
Order of Council - Elsie Palmer Field - pdf document
Order of Council - Elsie Palmer Field - Word document

Dog walking in Mount Alexander Shire – fast facts

No go zones
Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve – Elsie Palmer Field
Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve – Doug Powell Oval / Velodrome
Victory Park Castlemaine
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Playground

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 - dog bags are provided at most facilities


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