Safe shared dog space at Victoria Park North Oval, Kew

Safe shared dog space at Victoria Park North Oval, Kew

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Kew Cricket Club, Kew Comets Junior Football Club, Kew Auskick & Kew Football Club started this petition to Boroondara City Council and

Victoria Park (High St, Kew) is an incredibly popular mixed use open precinct, comprising two football/cricket ovals, substantial open parkland, playground and outdoor community recreation facilities, and the Kew Croquet and Tennis Clubs. 

Over 1200 community athletes call Victoria Park home - as young as 4 and as old as 64, female and male, cricketers and footballers. The North Oval is also the only publicly accessible sports ground (of any type) in the entire City of Boroondara that is dog off leash and fully enclosed (with gates and fences). Unfortunately, this situation has resulted in increasingly irresponsible behaviour from a small minority of dog owners, causing frequent safety and hygiene issues for community sport volunteers and the majority of dog owners doing the right thing. 

Off leash dogs are unfortunately creating unsafe situations for players, children and officials, other dogs, and dog walkers on the oval. Irresponsible owners are not taking control, not cleaning up after their dogs, and creating conflict situations. 

The entire Victoria Park precinct is over 7 hectares, all desginated 'dog off leash'. The ovals comprise only a small fraction of that dog-friendly space.

The tenant clubs (Kew Football Club, Kew Cricket Club, Kew Comets Junior Football Club and Kew Auskick) and their community volunteers, members, participants and families at Victoria Park in Kew are therefore seeking to:

1. Remove the enclosed gates on the North Oval at Victoria Park; and

2. Update the status of the North Oval at Victoria Park to a dog on leash oval. 

The above changes will help in achieving a safer and more controlled shared space for community sport and dog owners (and their dogs) alike on the North Oval at Victoria Park. Thanks for your support! 

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