Dog owners welcome trial of park
DANIEL Rose couldn't be more excited about a new leash-free dog park set to open in Emerald early next year.
The dog trainer has been pushing for the park for the past few months, which has now been approved by the council on a six-month trial period.
"One of the councillors emailed me to confirm it has actually been approved, it's really good news for the town," Daniel said.
"I've already had people ask to volunteer and have had really good community support for it."
An area for the park has been identified by the council, and will cover about four hectares on Rifle Range Rd opposite Campbellford Dr.
The proposed land borders the fenced river reserve, which currently has a walking track alongside it. The council said it would be preferable to move the fence to the east side of the existing walking track to separate it from any off-leash activity.
Fencing will also be required at the southern end of the area, which borders residential properties.
Daniel said the benefits of the park would be huge for locals and their pets, with an expected decrease in behavioural problems including barking, digging and pulling on leads.
"It's much better than dogs just sitting in the backyard every day," he said.
"It's really great the community are getting behind this. We're stepping in the right direction, but if the park is not used correctly then we could be in danger of losing a great thing."
Daniel said there would need to be guidelines put in place for the park.
"Just things like people being responsible with aggressive dogs and the provision of doggy bags," he said.