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Council seeks dog-lovers’ advice on pawfect walking area


Novocastrian dog-owners can have a say on where they go for walkies this month.

In an attempt to please owners of the city’s 45,000 four-legged friends, the City of Newcastle is inviting the community to have its say on a location for the second dedicated fenced off-leash dog area.

Feedback from the community will help the council to shape plans for spaces in Lambton.

Areas at Lambton Park and Armstrong Park have already been flagged as potential locations, with the council also exploring opportunities to improve dog infrastructure in Islington, Adamstown and Maryland.  

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said City of Newcastle was committed to providing open spaces where the city’s dogs could safely run free.  

“We know that Novocastrians are passionate about their dogs and having dedicated spaces for their canine companions to exercise and socialise safely with other dogs is important to them,” he said.  

“A council survey found 60% of people want more fenced, off-leash dog areas in Newcastle and provided valuable insights on desired features such as shade, seating, signage and designated areas for small and large dogs.  

“This is reflected in the overwhelming success and popularity of the city’s first fenced, off-leash dog park at Acacia Avenue, North Lambton, which opened last October and is enjoyed by countless two and four-legged friends on any given day.”

Lambton resident Mark Brooker with dog Wesley, Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Declan Clausen with dog Toby, and Lambton Residents Group member Mary Webster with dogs Jem and Scout at Lambton Park.

The need for additional fenced dog parks was identified in the city’s Dogs in Open Space Plan.

Cr Clausen said the council would incorporate the lessons learned from the success of the Acacia Avenue dog park, along with the community’s feedback, to provide, improve and manage off-leash dog areas over the next decade.

Community views are welcome to help select the location of the next fenced off-leash dog area and can be made via the council website’s until 5pm on Thursday 6 August. 

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