Cr Hungerford - Responsible dog ownership
  • Thursday 21 June 2018

Recently, we’ve received complaints about dogs being walked off-leash at William Guy Memorial Park, Cottman Street, Buderim.

As a dog owner myself I understand the need for many active dog breeds to be able to run and explore off-leash. 

Important to remember though – the Sunshine Coast is home to many different people who have varied opinions about where dogs should be allowed to visit.

Some people like to share open spaces with dogs while others prefer not to. Council does its best to help share our community spaces, like parks, to try to be fair to everyone.

When walking your dog in public it should be kept on leash at all times, unless you see a sign advising otherwise.

Council takes animal management very seriously and the on-the-spot fine for not having your dog on leash is $252.

Don’t forget, Elizabeth Daniels Park, Syd Langard Dr, Buderim is home to a large, fenced off-leash area with dedicated spaces for small and large dogs.

A full list of off-leash areas can be found on council’s website.

While on the topic, I strongly encourage dog (and cat) owners to take advantage of council’s free microchipping day this Saturday, June 23, 9am to 1pm at Elizabeth Daniels Park.

Microchipping helps council, the vet or lost animal shelter to reunite you quickly and easily should your pet become lost.

Visit council’s events website to book your place.

Grants recipients

Congratulations to a number of local groups set to receive a financial boost thanks to council’s Community Grants program that will help them contribute to our local community.

These include:

  • Lions Club of Buderim Inc – $7,367 for the 2018 Buderim Street Party
  • Buderim Craft Cottage Association Inc – $10,000 towards their roof replacement
  • New World Rhythm Inc – $2,000 for the Choral Performance Masterclass workshops. 

On a final note…

I urge you to head to council’s website to see a snapshot of the many diverse projects delivered and milestones achieved for Division 7 over the past year. And stay tuned for what lies ahead as council will deliver its 2018/19 budget today (June 21).   

(First published in Buderim Chronicle on June 21, 2018)