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Published Monday 30 November 2020
Tags:General, Media Release

Kilmore dog park unleashed

The canines of Kilmore now have an official off-lead dog park to call their own after Kilmore’s new doggie play space was officially opened on Friday.

The 25m x 50m dog park offers a purpose-built space for dog owners to exercise their beloved pets in a controlled environment where pooches of all breeds can exercise and socialise leash-free with other dogs and dog park visitors.

The off-leash zone is located near the Kilmore Racecourse, at the corner of East Street and Kilmore East Road.

The park is secured by galvanised fencing and features a drinking fountain to keep your pet well hydrated, as well as some bench seating and shady trees to rest and keep cool.

The park will be open from 10am to 8pm from October to March, and from 10am to 5pm from April to September. It will be closed on race days at Kilmore Racing Club.

A Code of Conduct for use of the off-lead dog park is attached to the entrance gate, and visitors need to follow the rules at all times. Failure to do so may result in the closure of the park.

The dog park was funded thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Building Works package. The program is providing $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects to get thousands of people back to work. It includes $2.5 million for 17 new dog parks across Victoria.

Mitchell Shire Council extends its thanks to the Victorian Government for the funding as well as Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Kilmore Racing Club and Kilmore Racecourse Trust for their support to make the project possible.

Comments from Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson

“As this area had been unofficially as a dog park for quite some time, we decided it would be the ideal place for an approved off-leash area with the right amenities to ensure our residents can play with their dogs off-lead in a safer environment,” she said.

“The committee of management had recently installing a walking track in the area, and this will coincide beautifully with the off-leash park."

“So many of our residents are dog lovers. They’ve been requesting a park like this for some time, so we’re thrilled to be able to deliver this project. This is our first Council-run dog park, and we look forward to seeing how it goes as we plan for other possible parks in the future."

“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government, DELWP, the Kilmore Racing Club and the Kilmore Racecourse Trust for making this project a reality. Thanks to the funding and the other support we’ve received, we’ve been able to enhance an important community space. We look forward to seeing the dogs and the people of Mitchell enjoy this space for many years to come.”

This page was last updated on 30 November 2020.