Off-leash areas in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale
Dog owners in East Gippsland now have a choice in how they exercise and socialise their pet following the declaration of two off-leash areas by East Gippsland Shire Council.
The declared areas are at 43 Palmers Road, Lakes Entrance near the Lakes Entrance Aquadome and 68 Giles Street, Bairnsdale, which is part of the rehabilitated former Bosworth Road landfill.
The move follows requests from residents for off-leash areas. Council had also undertaken community consultation to understand the level of support for the idea from the wider community, including people without dogs.
Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell said council understood many dog owners wanted the opportunity to let their dog run freely.
“I expect these off-leash areas will be popular with residents. The sites are not only for dog owners, but other users need to understand they may encounter unrestrained dogs,” Cr O’Connell said.
“It is hoped providing these off-leash areas will reduce the instances of owners letting their dogs off-lead in other areas.”