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Residents are being asked for their feedback on designs for the Tweed’s first fenced off-leash dog parks at John Baker Reserve on Darlington Drive, Banora Point and Bray Park Reserve in Bray Park. Photo supplied

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point.

‘The draft concept plan for John Baker Reserve includes two separated play areas for large and small dogs with perimeter fencing, double gate entrances and holding areas. There will also be a range of dog agility equipment such as tunnels, bridges and balance beams – with other features including drinking fountains with dog bowls, free dog poo bags and bins, picnic tables, seating and shelter and tree planting for shade,’ said a Tweed Council spokesperson.

‘At Bray Park, the new fenced off-leash dog park will be located in Bray Park Reserve at the corner of Tree Street and Kyogle Road. The draft concept plan for this park includes one fenced dog play area, internal pathways, drinking fountains with dog bowls, free dog poo bags and bins, picnic tables, seating and new signage.’

Manager Parks and Active Communities Stewart Brawley said ‘As part of these improvements, Amaroo Park in Banora Point will be upgraded to a family-friendly district park and playground and will cease to have an unfenced off-leash dog facility. Community engagement for the new district park will begin in 2022.

‘Off-leash dog areas provide opportunities for dog owners to learn more about responsible pet ownership, socialise with their dogs and are a great place for owners to meet other people with common interests,” he said.

‘Fenced dog parks also provide a location where you can let your dog off-leash without the risk of your dog running off or chasing the Tweed’s threatened and endangered wildlife.

As part of these improvements, Amaroo Park in Banora Point will be upgraded to a family-friendly district park and playground and will cease to have an unfenced off-leash dog facility. Community engagement for the new district park will begin in 2022.

‘The projects were identified by the community as a key priority in Council’s adopted Open Space Strategy 2019–29 and we’ve used the feedback from this consultation to create these exciting draft concept plans,’ Mr Brawley said.

Following the consultation, both off-leash dog parks are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Residents can visit Your Say to give their feedback by Sunday, 22 August, 2021.



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  1. Alerting Lismore Council,
    Can we please have something similar.
    Other towns are even considering a special closed in ‘off-leash’ park area for greyhounds, due to the increase in adoptions of this breed. They make the best pets, but they need to readjust to suburbhan life and socialise.
    I like the idea of the two seperate areas for large and small dogs. Very wise.

    • You mean to take crown land away from the majority of people in the community and fence it off so it is then an ugly sight and give it to a small minority of selfish people who have savage dogs, all for no cost to them. There should be a fee for those people to use the fenced off land as no one else but dog owners can use it And that gift of land to them from council is because they have dogs that bite people, maim people and put them into hospital.
      Should there be a fee of $100 for the use of the facility? Councils are going broke and the money raised could go to the people who are put into hospital from dog bite.
      Why are there so many savage dogs in the community when all dogs in public places are required to be on a lead? Savage dogs belong to savage people. A car is regarded as a weapon when people are injured on the road. Dogs are also weapons because they belong to a particular person when out in the community. That is why there is a bi-law that dogs must be on leads so their fangs don’t draw blood on some unsuspecting member of the public.


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