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What facilities are needed in Melbourne dog parks

  • There are inadequate bins for dog waste bags (only two bins at either far end of the park).
  • The parks is said to have snakes throughout it. And instead of removing snakes, the council recommends "to avoid snakes please keep to the paths".  Is that honestly a joke or a reasonable recommendation for a dog park??
  • The council has also tried to ban dogs from the river side and water. The safest part of the park and that part that is most away from the highway.
  • The council allows cyclists to travel at high speed along the path near the water way (even though a new path was built for them next to the road) and allows cyclists to abuse dog owners for dogs being on the path.
  • I and several other people have complained about cyclists behaviour and the council line is that its a "shared resource" meaning that cyclist seem to have full rights to abuse dogs and dog owners.

  • That is the kind of 'dog friendly' council that currently exists in Hobsons bay in 2016

    I have read many statements from potential council potential officers during the election run up wanting to "improve" the parks for people, but very few of them mention improving them for dogs.

    If you dont regular walk a dog or own a dog its hard to imagine that these people know the benefit of social dogs to the neighbourhood and community in general.

    Dogs are owned by 25% of households in Australia, and without quality near-by off lead dog parks, that actually protect the dogs, MOST OWNERS do not want to visit these lands.

    If dogs are not exercised and allowed freedom to learn to be social, there will be many more barking and noise complaints in the hobson bay council area, and dog attacks, because dogs have not learnt to be social. 

    Allowing dog parks (or areas were dogs are allowed off lead) to be so uninviting, restrictive and dangerous, the council is being extremely negligent to a big slice of their community.

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