Mid-Western Regional Council will spend $10,000 to upgrade the leash-free dog park at in Mudgee and a further $10,000 for improvements at the Gulgong Dog Park.
In response to calls form local dog owners for improvements at the Mudgee Dog Park, Mid-Western Regional Council staff had recommended allocating $55,000 for fencing, water, irrigation and seating at the Glen Willow off-leash area.
The recommendation was moved by Cr Peter Shelley at Wednesday’s budget meeting.
Cr Shelley said while $55,000 sounded like a lot of money, it owuld take every cent to bring the Glen Willow area up to standard.
However, after Mayor Des Kennedy moved an amendment that $10,000 be budgeted to provide seats for the Mudgee dog park, Cr Percy Thompson called for similar amounts to be provided for hte Gulgong and Rylstone off-leash areas.
“I think we’re here to be fair to the whole of the shire,” Cr Thompson said. “Not just the one at Mudgee but th eone at Gulgong needs a lot of work.”
However, Cr Shelley said while he was supportive of any project for Rylstone, there had been no report to council demonstrating a need to upgrade the dog park there.
“I think there would be more people who would use the park in Mudgee than in Rylstone or Gulgong,” he said.
“I think the argument that if Mudgee gets it, then was Rylstone gets it and Gulgong gets it is not an appropriate argument.”
Cr Paul Cavalier supported Cr Shelley’s argument, saying he had certainly received complaints about the conditions of the Gulgong dog park, although none of the complainants seemed to have acted on his suggestion that they write to council about the matter.
“Gulgong dog park does need work and Mudgee dog park does need work,” he said.
Mid-Western Regional Council three submissions on the Mudgee dog park, one calling for additional off-leash areas and two calling for improvements to the existing park.