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New fenced area for Aroona’s four-legged friends

AROONA'S four-legged friends and their owners are enjoying a new off-leash area especially for small dogs in Aroona's Ridgehaven Park.

Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said council had received positive feedback from residents about the new area, which was opened late last month.

"Following feedback from regular users and wider community consultation, council constructed a new fully fenced dog-off-leash enclosure in this park for small dogs to complement the existing off-leash area," Cr Cox said.

"As many dog owners would know, Ridgehaven Park in Aroona is an increasingly popular spot for our canine friends and I'm pleased council was able to provide additional space for this.

"The new fenced area includes seating, extra trees, dog bowls and a connecting pathway.

"Council has also installed a new shelter in the existing dog park.

"I have been looking forward to taking our pet dog Vuzi along to the new enclosure so he can socialise with dogs his own size."

Little Mountain resident Eileen Horsburgh, who owns two small dogs - Minnie and Sissy - said residents were very happy to have the new off-leash area opened.

"There is a group of residents who really wanted this new area and we're all really pleased with it - there are now more dogs enjoying the park than ever before," Ms Horsburgh said.

"We love to watch our little dogs run about and enjoy the company of other dogs, so having more visitors is fantastic.

"It's so important that the dogs get their exercise and a chance to socialise, and this new area means I can walk 1km down the road instead of driving to the beach every day.

"The new off-leash area was needed for safety reasons, as previously the smaller dogs were intimidated by the big dogs.

"Councillor Cox really listened to our concerns and worked so quickly to progress this new area with council."

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