Muller Park Proposed Fenced Dog Exercise Area
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Oct 2019

Council is considering a change to the existing dog off-leash area at Muller Park, Bli Bli. It is proposing a fenced dog exercise area within the park.

Purpose

Muller Park has long been established as a dog off-leash area for the Bli Bli area. With the growth of Bli Bli residential area, an increased number of requests for a fenced dog exercise area have been received by council.

A subsequent review of dog off-leash facilities has been undertaken by council and has identified there is sufficient demand for a formalised fenced dog exercise area.

Cultural Heritage

The park and its surrounds is a culturally significant site for the Kabi Kabi First Nations People who are the recognised Traditional Custodians of this region.

Council is committed to the protection and education around the significant indigenous cultural heritage found in Muller Park.
It is intended that the restriction of dog movement within the park to the proposed area will assist council in protection of the artefacts located in the park from dog activities.  

Community engagement

Council is inviting the community to have your say over the proposed fenced dog exercise area.

If you would like to provide feedback on the proposal you can:

  1. come and meet us in the park to discuss the proposal with council officers - Saturday 5 October, 6am - 10am
  2. fill in the online survey
  3. email council your feedback at  LandscapeDesignandPlanning@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Overview

Dog exercise areas are activity spaces provided by local governments that promote social and physical health for both dogs and their owners. As the population of the Sunshine Coast grows, the demand on council’s parks is increasing.

In order to keep multiuse parks safe for all users, council is rolling out a number of fully fenced dog exercise areas within existing parks to:

  • assist the community with responsible dog ownership
  • promote increased physical activity and social interaction of dogs and their owners
  • and provide safe free running environment for dogs 
  • David Low Way is a busy road and unsafe for dogs to be playing near without a lead

Local laws

It is a requirement of all dog owners within the Sunshine Coast Council area to abide by Sunshine Coast Council Subordinate Local Law No. 2 where all domestic animals are prohibited from entering;

  • bathing reserves
  • food establishments (where a sign is displayed)
  • children’s play areas
  • BBQ facilities provided for in a park or reserve. 

By developing fenced dog exercise areas, council can allow dog owners to abide by the local law and provide exercise opportunities for their dogs.

The provision of fenced dog exercise areas also allows council to provide an important community service to people without dogs so the other park functions can be enjoyed. 

Proposal

The proposed Muller Park fenced dog exercise area will be a 3000m2 fully fenced area that includes:

  • 2 entry transition points
  • seating
  • shade tree planting
  • water tap with dog bowl
  • rubbish bins with dog bag dispensers
  • 2 park signs at key entry points with maps indicating the extent of the fenced off-leash exercise area.

Where to from here?

Following the feedback for the proposed fence exercise area, Council will assess the best location for the fenced exercise area and determine the most appropriate outcome.

The community will then be notified of council’s decision on the matter via councils ‘Have Your Say’ website.

Contacts

For more information email LandscapeDesignandPlanning@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.