River reserve may go to dogs

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The Waikato District Council is proposing to turn part of Tamahere’s Te Awa Reserve into a dog exercise area.

Part of the Te Awa Reserve could go to the dogs.
Part of the Te Awa Reserve could go to the dogs.

More than 800 dogs gambol around on Tamahere’s large blocks but, perhaps unsurprisingly for a rural area, there are no public, off-lead, dog exercise areas.

When the council reviewed its Dog Control Bylaw in 2014/15 some Tamahere people asked for a dog exercise area but at the time no suitable areas were identified, said Animal Control Team Leader Megan May.

Since that time, Tamahere residents have suggested the Te Awa river walkway as a suitable area, she said in a statement.

“This area was again suggested as suitable during the recent consultation process for the Parks and Reserves Management Plan.”

A map of the location can be found here on the council website.

The council is now seeking feedback on the proposal.

Submissions can be made here online, by downloading the feedback form on the council website and emailing it to consult@waidc.govt.nz or posting it to Waikato District Council, Private Bag 544, Ngaruawahia 3742, faxing it to (07) 824 8091 or delivering it to any council office or library.

Submissions close on August 24.

Dogged rules

Owners of dogs have a raft of responsibilities, including keeping their dogs leashed when in public, and ensuring they don’t intimidate, injure of endanger any person, stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife.

If needing to report concerns or issues about dogs or other animals follow the council’s advice here.

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