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MEDIA RELEASE - Yarraman Park becomes a dog free zone

28 February 2018

People will no longer be able to walk their dog at Yarraman Park, following an amendment to the Glenelg Shire Local Law 2018.

Amendment Schedule 29, which was endorsed at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting, will define a new prohibited area for dogs at the busy recreational precinct.

The decision follows a ratepayer recommendation, made during the public consultation period for the General Local Law review, calling for the change to protect the users at Yarraman Park.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the decision would ensure safety for all user groups.

“Yarraman Park is one of the shire’s most popular recreational areas, housing seven varied sporting groups including the go karting club, poultry club, pony club and the Portland Gymnastics Club,” she said.

“Prohibiting dogs at this site will reduce the potential for conflict between the existing user groups and dogs visiting the site, with incidents reported in recent time, particularly between horses and dogs.

“The safety of our community is paramount and council has taken this important step to ensure all individuals and groups feel safe when they are out using and enjoying this popular space.

“Residents are reminded that there are plenty of other locations to walk their dog in Portland, with our region being home to some of the most spectacular walking tracks and trails.

“Yarraman Park and the Portland Foreshore are now the only areas prohibited for dogs in the Glenelg Shire.”

For further information on the General Local Law 2018 please visit www.glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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