New off-leash area designated to keep dogs happy & healthy

Ararat’s Gordon Street Reserve is going to be a new dog off-leash area after Ararat Rural City Council’s meeting Tuesday night. Council also decided to install pet waste disposal bags and drinking fountains for dogs across other off-leash areas.

Gordon Street Reserve, which incorporates the fenced area at the reserve but not the oval, brings the number of off-leash reserves to nine.

CEO Dr Tim Harrison said where practical, the Council will also provide pet drinking facilities and waste collection bag dispensers at some dog off-leash areas, helping residents comply with local laws that require them to clean up after their dogs.

“The Council received a number of requests from the community to establish an off-leash area at the Gordon Street Reserve and we were happy to add the fenced area to our list,” he said.

“We know how important it is to ensure dogs get a healthy amount of exercise, and now there are nine areas where dogs can romp, run and chase balls to their heart’s content. We are sure this will make the dogs – and their owners – very happy.”

Council’s Local Law states that dogs must be on a leash in built-up areas unless the area is allocated for that purpose. Anyone who doesn’t abide by this law can face a fine of $200.

Dr Harrison said that in the designated areas, dogs are allowed to be off-leash as long as the animal remains under the effective control of its owner or supervisor.

Other off-leash dog areas in Ararat include Ford Street Park, Warawee Park, Elizabeth Park, Kokoda Park, Green Hill Lake overflow end, King Street Reserve, Queen Street Park, Centenary Park.