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MEDIA RELEASE - Dog park on the horizon

27 August 2020

Dog lovers rejoice, a dedicated dog park is on the horizon for Portland.

The Glenelg Shire Council has successfully received funding under the Victorian Government’s $2.5 million Economic Stimulus Program for the formation for a dog off-leash park in Portland, the first of its kind for the city.

The project will be one of 17 new dog parks across the state, with other locations ranging from metropolitan areas such as Pakenham and Altona, to regional centres such as Ararat and Kilmore.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said Portland was a fitting location for a new dog park, with the Glenelg Shire boasting some of the highest rates of pet ownership in the state.

“Glenelg Shire is the south-west capital of pet ownership, with about 40 per cent more animal registrations compared to our neighbouring municipalities. This announcement of an off-leash park will be welcome news for the many dog owners across our region with a dedicated site for our furry friends to run and play,” she said.

“Council is pleased to have secured this much needed funding, with the timing more relevant than ever as more pet owners at home looking for places to exercise their pets. It is a fantastic investment for the region and will further add to shire’s liveability and family-friendly appeal.”

“Council will look to consult with the community in the coming months regarding the look and feel for the park and what elements should be included - we want to ensure that pet owners can have the chance to contribute to this exciting project.”

The Victorian Government will work with the Glenelg Shire to establish the dog park by late next year.

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