News

Off-leash dog park proposed for Lockyer Valley

FREE TIME: Sarah Alexander, with her dogs Tammy and Lola, is petitioning for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council to build an enclosed off-leash dog park in Gatton.
FREE TIME: Sarah Alexander, with her dogs Tammy and Lola, is petitioning for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council to build an enclosed off-leash dog park in Gatton. Amy Lyne

A NEW resident is calling on council to let the public 'release their hounds'.

Sarah Alexander recently moved to the Gatton area and has noticed there is no enclosed area where dogs can be let off their leashes.

The first-year veterinary science student and dog lover has started a petition she is hoping the Lockyer Valley Regional Council will consider.

"Dogs really do need a place that they can run and play with other dogs that is safe," she said.

"I was really surprised when I moved to Gatton that there was not one here already."

Ms Alexander said in the year 2011/2012, the RSPCA took in 55,563 dogs - 26.5% of those unfortunately had to be euthanised, 59% of these because of behavioural reasons.

Having moved to Gatton from Toowoomba, she has been driving to the dog parks there on weekends to allow her two beagles to run while she studies.

"I find it therapeutic to study, but it could be for people who don't have time to walk their dogs or an elderly couple who can't walk their dog," she said.

"My beagles have definitely gotten more naughty and more shy around other dogs since I stopped being able to take them regularly."

She said while LVRC would have a better idea of where a dog park should go, an area near Lake Apex would be ideal.

Mayor Steve Jones said off-leash dog areas were an excellent idea.

"It gives them a place for the dogs that is safe and contained," he said.

"But we have to try and establish them in a place that suits the people with the dogs and suits the people who don't like the dogs.

"There is no more emotive issue that council deals with than dogs."

You can sign the petition by going to this site.

Topics:  dog park gatton lockyer valley lockyer valley regional council


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lockyer Dirt Track Kart Club back on track for new year

CELEBRATIONS: Members of the Lockyer Dirt Track Kart Club at their final meeting of 2016 in December.

The club is gearing up for the first meet of 2017 on February 12.

Lockyer Valley Council searches for signs of unusual crime

STOLEN: A Lockyer Valley Regional Council sign promoting Australia Day was stolen from a billboard along the Warrego Highway at Prenzlau. Pictured is an example of what the 6x3m vinyl sign shows.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council's Australia Day sign was stolen.

New sign in Lowood for natural disasters

Member for Ipswich West, Jim Madden, with the new LED sign for Lowood.

A new sign in Lowood will help in emergencies.

Local Partners

'What a wonderful 40 years'

AN EMPLOYEE working anywhere for the majority of their life is extraordinary, and Nancy Murray is no exception.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

The surprising problem police face at Woodford Folk Festival

STREET SCENE: Woodford Folk Festival 2016.

The biggest issue for police at Woodfordia is not what you'd expect

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!