Dog Park for Port Macquarie
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As a resident and dog owner living in Port Macquaire, I have started this petition to highlight to Port Macquarie Hastings Council the importance of providing dog parks within the area and the community's support and desire for these facilities.
Port Macquarie and its surrounding suburbs do not have a single off leash dog park. A dog park is needed to give all members of the community and visitors to the area an accessible place to exercise their dogs.
Currently the allocated dog beaches are the only areas where dogs can exercise off leash. These beaches are not accessible to the elderly and some people with disabilities due to lack of adequate parking, stairs and uneven ground. A dog park would provide a great alternative to the beach which would be accessible to all residents and visitors to the area. Personally, I can't get to the beach daily with my dog, due to parking, weather and the mess and washing needed after my dog swims in the ocean and rolls in the sand! Fenced dog parks provide the opportunity for residents and their dogs to exercise and socialise in a safe space with easy access.
Council has been talking about developing off leash fenced dog parks within the Local Government Area for the last 10 years however no real movement or action has occurred. Areas for parks have been identified by Council in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton within their Annual Operational Plans for several years now but no park has ever been delivered. Worryingly and disappointingly, in the draft Operational Plan 2017-2018 currently on exhibition, all mention of these dog parks has been removed completely.
If you are a resident or potential visitor to Port Macquarie and the surrounding area and you would like to see Council act and create these important spaces please sign this petition to show your support.
Kate McKinnon - Port Macquarie Resident and Owner of Jimmy the Golden Retriever
P.S. If you would like to make a submission asking that the previously promised dog parks be included in the projects Council aims to deliver in the next year please fill in the form at this link: http://haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/councils-future-planning/survey_tools/submission-councils-future-planning1
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