Council is looking for an alternative safe place for local dog owners to exercise their canine friends in Beechworth.
This proposed dog park will encourage social connections among dog owners, promote recreation and active use of a community space.
At present, the town’s declared off-leash area is Baarmutha Park Recreation Reserve, which also includes the Beechworth Golf Course. There are risks involved in combining these two activities, and Council is seeking to find an alternative safe place for local dogs and their owners.
October 2021 Update
Thank you very much to everyone that participated in this consultation.
Submissions have now closed but whether you completed our survey, emailed us or attended a drop-in session, your valuable feedback is very much appreciated.
Currently, we are collating the huge amount of feedback we received during the consultation, including more than 200 submissions, with the aim now of presenting a report to Council at the December 2021 meeting.
This will allow us more time to provide council with a comprehensive report and subsequent recommendations.
December 2021 Update
A report was presented to Council on Tuesday 14 December 2021.
Council received the report with Council committing to facilitate discussions between Beechworth Golf Club and representatives of the wider community/dog walkers and increased presence of compliance officers at Baarmutha Park.
Council undertook a review of off-leash dog walking areas in Beechworth in late 2018 in response to concerns expressed about at the incompatibility of dog walking and golfing activities at Baarmutha Park.
As part of the review, a community survey and three drop in sessions were held to better understand the issues and consider suggestions for better management of off-leash dog areas across Beechworth.
To progress the concept of a fenced off leash dog park at Wallace Park, Council engaged a landscape architect to develop a concept site plan and cost estimates. The cost of a fenced off-leash park is estimated at $120,000.
Have your say
Council considered a report on the issue at its July meeting, and is now keen to hear from the community on the draft concept plan for Wallace Park. In particular, Council wants to know whether there is community support for the location, the investment required, the features proposed in the park and any other feedback that will assist Council with its decision making.
Use the form below to provide your feedback.
Council staff will also conduct an on-site session at Wallace Park and Beechworth Library on the following dates to allow further consultation before a final report is tabled at Council’s November meeting:
- Wallace Park: Tuesday 14 September 2021, 5:30pm