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Off-lead dog park open and ready for paws to play

Cr Bronwen Machin and dog Sunny, and Cr Dave Petrusma with Bogart, at the dog park at the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve

Well-behaved dogs of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to use the new fully fenced off-leash dog park at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve in Castlemaine.

Monday 17 August 2020

Well-behaved dogs of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to use the new fully fenced off-leash dog park at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve in Castlemaine.

The new space is now open for use during daylight hours. It is located at the northern corner of the reserve, adjacent to the lower / stadium carpark off McGrath Street.

The dog park has a 1.2 metre-high fence, shade trees, access to off street car parking, and features such as a drinking fountain, gated entry points, seating, local law and etiquette signage, a doggie bag dispenser and rubbish bin.

Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Christine Henderson said it was fantastic to see the long-awaited project come to fruition.

“Councillors are thrilled that after many years this project is now a reality,” said Mayor Henderson.

“The new park will provide people and dogs with a pleasant area to socialise, enjoy physical exercise, and importantly, it is easy to access by car and foot,” she said.

Council identified the construction of an off-lead dog park as a priority in the 2017-2021 Council Plan, as well as its Domestic Animal Management Plan. A number of other sites were investigated for the dog park but disregarded due to technical, environmental, financial or community concerns.

“A fenced off-lead dog park located within a wider reserve is a real win for the community,” said Mayor Henderson.

“It enables the whole community to come together to enjoy a range of activities within the reserve.”

“We encourage everyone to be a responsible pet owner and to understand and follow the guidelines at the park. Please only bring your pet to the dog park if it is well-behaved,” she said.

Park users must also comply with the current Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions for regional Victoria, and ensure that they are able to maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres while exercising their dog.

Residents can currently visit the dog park with members of their household, or one other person and must wear a face covering at all times.

Dogs are not permitted at the Elsie Palmer Field and Doug Powel Oval at the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, and must be on-lead at the netball courts and at the car park.

Development of the Wesley Hill Dog Park has involved consultation with the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, the Castlemaine War Memorial Stadium, and the Department of Land Environment, Water and Planning.

For more information about the Wesley Hill Dog Park, visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au or call 5471 1700.

Wesley Hill Dog Park etiquette

There are a few important things to consider before bringing your pet to the dog park to help protect the safety of all park users.

  • Always supervise your dog and have it under effective voice control
  • Ensure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Dogs under six months old are not permitted
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and registration tag
  • Do not bring more than two dogs to the park
  • Don’t bring food or toys into the park
  • Children under 14 must be under careful adult supervision
  • Children under five are not permitted in the park
  • Have your dog on a leash when entering and exiting the park
  • Always pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in bin provided
  • Please leave dogs in heat at home
  • Remove your dog if it annoys, mounts or is aggressive towards others
  • Report any dog attacks to Council on 5470 1700.

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