Ararat - Ararat Rural City Council has installed new signs around Alexandra Gardens indicating dogs must be kept on leashes within the precinct.
This comes following complaints from residents about owners not having their dogs on a leash in the Alexandra Gardens area, which can potentially be dangerous for other patrons or pets at the park.
The new signs are now displayed at the park entries and are a reminder to residents that the park is a dog on leash area and people are to pick up after their dog. Failure to do so will result in penalties being applied.
Section 39(1) of Council's General Local Law 2012 stipulate a dog must not be unleashed in a built up area unless it is within an area designated and signposted for the purpose.
Ararat has six pet off leash areas and Council encourages all pet owners to use these locations, which include:
Warrawee Park (left off the Western Highway just before the nursery on the way to Stawell).
Elizabeth Park (Next to Alexandra Hall).
King Street (Between Hakea Street and Elizabeth Street).
Green Hill Lake (where indicated by signs).
If a dog is found off their leash in any built up area other than the six designated off leash areas, a $200 penalty will apply.
Section 39(5) of the General Local Law 2012 stipulates a person who unleashes a dog must also keep it under effective control at all times, with a $200 penalty also applying for failure to comply.
Section 40 (2) of the General Local Law 2012 also stipulates the owner of a dog that litters in a public place must immediately collect and dispose of the droppings in such a manner as not to cause nuisance to any other person and a $200 penalty applies if this does not occur.
Residents are urged to ensure their dog is kept on its leash in Alexandra Gardens. Use the six off leash areas to exercise your dog, but remember it must be under effective control, and clean up after your dog.