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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Tails are wagging for off-leash fun

City of Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen is looking forward to taking his cavoodle Toby for a bit of play-time at the soon-to-be augmented canine precinct at Islington Park.

Improvements to the popular off-leash area will soon get underway to increase safety for local pooches, while enhancing the usability of the park at the same time.

The planned work includes upgrades to fencing, the addition of seating, shade, landscaping, dog drinking water facilities, garbage bins and new park signage.

They were identified in the Dogs in Open Space Plan, a 10-year strategy for the provision, modernisation and management of off-leash areas throughout Newcastle. 

Cr Clausen said since adopting the proposal in 2019, City of Newcastle had delivered a fully-fenced off-leash area in North Lambton.

And, he’s keen to investigate further opportunities in the region.

“In addition to the works planned for Islington Park off, we are currently undertaking planning work for a fully-fenced off-leash area in Maryland,” he explained.

“We’re also exploring the potential for a fenced dog park in the Adamstown area.” 

Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen and his cavoodle, Toby, and local pooch, Moby, at Islington Park off leash area, where improvement works will soon start.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the improvements would make visiting the off-leash area in Islington Park a safer and more comfortable experience for pets and their owners.  

“The people of Newcastle are passionate about their dogs, which is why the City is committed to improving our off-leash areas, with Islington Park our next focus area,” she stated.

“With more than 84,000 dogs registered in our City, it’s important that there are a variety of safe off-leash options for our furry friends to run free and socialise with other pets.”

The upgrade works in Islington Park are due for completion by June.

During construction, the off-leash area will be unavailable for use.  

A full list of the city’s off-leash areas is available online at www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

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