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Unleashing fun: dog parks on the horizon in City of Whittlesea

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Dog owners across the City of Whittlesea will benefit from a dog park upgrade at Lalor’s Whittlesea Public Gardens and a new dog park at Wollert’s Allumba Park.

The projects are part of the State Government’s commitment to delivering 19 new and upgraded parks across Melbourne and Geelong, giving families and their furry friends more dedicated spaces to socialise and play.

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos announced the locations of the six new dog parks and 13 dog parks getting an upgrade, as part of the first round of the New and Upgraded Dog Parks Program, earlier this month.

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“More dog parks across Victoria means more open spaces for families and their pets to exercise, play and enjoy, closer to home,” he said.

Delivered as part of the State Government’s $20.8 million investment to build new and upgraded dog parks and better parks and playgrounds, Allumba Park received $500,000 for a new dog park and Whittlesea Public Gardens received $340,000 for upgrades.

All projects will undergo community consultation before designs are made final.

Expected features include designated ball play areas, sand digging pits, agility equipment, drinking fountains, fencing, shelters, bins and shading, as well as other park enhancements such as pathway improvements, landscaping, and lighting.

The dog park locations were chosen through an application process with eligible councils, with construction expected to be completed for all projects by 2026.

Round two of the New and Upgraded Dog Parks Program will open later this year.

To find a dog park near you, please visit environment.vic.gov.au/dog-parks.

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