Shelter upgrades a priority for the Victor Harbor Dog Park

A dogs day out: Friends of the Victor Harbor Dog park and Victor Harbor Councillors gathered to discuss the future of the site.
A dogs day out: Friends of the Victor Harbor Dog park and Victor Harbor Councillors gathered to discuss the future of the site.

Members of the Friends of the Victor Harbor Dog Park Group, and a number of Councillors met last week to discuss the future plans and needs of the Victor Harbor Dog Park.

A strong turn out of pups and humans alike on Thursday May 30, generated some positive discussions following a push from the Friends of the Victor Harbor Dog Park group.

Group founder, Karen Green said Friends of the Victor Harbor Dog Park now has over 100 members since it started in February and helps raise awareness over usage of the dog park.

"We're working with the council to get more people down here and involved," she said.

"Our priority is to get shelter and some dog agility equipment put in. We have this fabulous facility, which is fully fenced with snake-proof fencing, we just need to colour it in and get more people to use it."

Mayor Moira Jenkins joined with Councillors Andrew Robertson, Peter Charles and Carol Schofield to discuss upgrades to the site with a number of frequent users.

"When there are people at the dog park at this time of the year, they all leave when it starts to rain," said Mayor Jenkins.

"From my perspective as Mayor and following discussions with Karen Green, shelter is definitely a priority."

There is currently money allocated for the Dog Park in Council's draft budget, and Mayor Jenkins said shelter was a key priority in relation to how that money would be spent.

"The council has spent a lot of money on the Dog Park in the past, so it is important we continue to invest in it to let the community know that it is an important asset," she said.

"By investing in the facilities within the Dog Park, Council is supporting the huge number of people in the community who have dogs. It's fabulous for the dogs but it's also great for people who have pets as companions, so they get out to socialise and exercise and enjoy time with others."

Friends of the Victor Harbor Dog Park can be found on Facebook.