Dog park at culturally significant site in Bli Bli
Locals and their pets are vying increasingly for limited public space with 40 per cent of people on the Sunshine Coast now owning a dog.
In efforts to keep up with demand, a new off-leash dog park is being installed at Muller Park, along the Maroochydore River, in Bli Bli.
The park is a culturally significant site and an important gathering space for the Kabi Kabi First Nations peoples.
A fenced area will be put in place to protect a shell mound and associated artefacts at the park.
But Council says construction follows a lengthy consultation period with locals with majority in support of it.
The inclusion of a fenced dog off-leash area follows a community consultation process which resulted in 204 surveys completed and a community meeting to hear from a further 40 community members.
Councillor Maria Suarez says community feedback shows support for dogs to also be allowed off-leash within the wider park after 4pm and before 8am.
“It’s great to see the passion when it comes to looking after our health and for our dogs too – that’s what makes us a healthy, smart and creative region," Cr Suarez says.
“After 4pm and before 8am, dogs can be off-leash anywhere in the park except the playground and around barbecue facilities which are exclusion zones at all times as per council’s Local Law No. 2 Animal Management."
Work on the fenced areas will start in late February and wrap up in April.