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It’s a dog’s life when you live in Australind!

By Kevin Kelly

Getting out and about with your four-legged friends is never too difficult while living in real estate in Australind – and the local facilities have just become even greater. The City of Bunbury has opened a new dog exercise park, which is sure to be a big hit with anyone living in the region.

It can be found on Parade Road and includes all the features any dog needs to have a good time, as well as a specialised water fountain for when they need to pause for a drink.

Mayor of the City of Bunbury Gary Brennan said: "There is more than 6,000 square metres of park for dogs to exercise in thanks to the generous size of the area, which is similar in size to a rugby field with dimensions of 115m by 54m.

"This gives even the biggest and most active dogs plenty of room to exercise off the leash while still allowing for other animals to play."

Fencing at the site has been made more secure, which should give owners of even the smallest dogs the confidence they need to let them off their leads. The Bunbury and Districts Dog Club has been heavily involved in the planning process to ensure that the needs of dogs of all abilities and sizes will be met.

Plans are already in place to improve the site further, such as by introducing seating and signage to make the space even more functional.

In recent weeks, the local council announced that several more areas across the region had become designated off-leash places after an extensive community consultation. Bellemore Park, Charterhouse Reserve and Pelican Point are just three of the areas where dog owners living in Bunbury will be able to exercise their pets.

Some sections of Hay Park are also accessible at certain times of day. These currently stand at 6am-8am and 5pm-8pm, although dogs will need to be on a leash during sporting events at the site.

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