Wauchope Off Leash Dog Park

08 October 2018

Following several years of negotiations and consultations, this long awaited past President’s project is about to be realised.

For our newer members, we hope the following background information helps depict the journey.

In short, PP Kath listed this as her President’s project for her 2016-2017 year. As a regular visitor at Wauchope Vets, Kath had been part of many conversations with the Vet nurses about the need for an Off Leash Dog Park in Wauchope during 2015 and early 2016.

Initial meetings identified 3 sites – Old Park, the Blackbutt area and the land bounded by Stony Creek Road/ Princess Avenue/Oxley Highway. The third option was chosen.

Following several/many
months of no
communication with
PMHC, PP Kath requested an update. This is the point that we were informed of the proposed Hastings Sporting Complex at our chosen site.

Initial plans in early 2017 sited the Off Leash Dog Park at the northern boundary with nearby access via Princess Avenue. All Good.

Following the December 2017 Community Consultation phase (including sporting bodies), new plans were drawn up to incorporate an additional oval. As a result of this, the Off Leash Dog Park area was relocated to the SW corner bounded by the Mitre 10 store and Oxley Highway. Careful review of the plans showed this was also designated as a car park (hence, Off Leash Dog Park closed when carnivals are scheduled). Not Good.

In early 2018, we were able to convince PMHC representatives that the new siting, its dual purpose and location as well as time delivery factors were not tenable. We requested (respectfully, of course) that planning commence for the Blackbutt area.

Several more meetings ensued and in July 2018, Kath and Diana attended the PMHC meeting for the approval of the 2018-2019 PMHC Budget which included the Wauchope Off Leash Dog Park.

On Friday 21 September 2018, Kath, Barry, Diana and Tash (Wauchope Vets representative) met with Kate Whatman (PMHC Landscape Architect) and Liam Bulley from PMHC to view the final plans.

We were advised that the project should commence prior to Christmas. Very Good.

This group will also be applying for a District Grant to increase the amount of Agility Equipment and to build several covered BBQ tables outside.

So, it really is a case of ‘everything comes to those who wait’.