On Sunday, the Premier made a statement relaxing lockdown laws from this week, but that wasn’t the only announcement made by the Andrews government for the week. Today, Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio revealed 20 new off-leash dog areas and parks for the state of Victoria.
As part of an Andrews government greening project, we’ll begin to see the off-leash dog areas rolled out next year in South Yarra, Cairnlea, Cranbourne East, Mickleham, Carrum, Rowville, Eltham North, Maribyrnong and Werribee.
The new parks, dubbed by the Andrews Government as ‘Pocket Parks’ will be first opened in South Melbourne, St Kilda, Moorabbin, Brunswick, Caulfield South, Bentleigh, Flemington, Sunshine West, Ivanhoe, Preston, Oakleigh, Prahran, Collingwood and Yarraville.
Both the off-leash dog areas and pocket parks fall under the Suburban Parks Program, which will take up around $40 million of the $154 million allocated to the initiative. A further 17 off-leash areas and parks will also be announced as the rollout progresses.
The program will continue into next year and include around 6,500 hectares of recreational space, bike and walking trails, but all you really need to know right now is that 2021 will see plenty more space for the pooch within inner-Melbourne suburbs. Don’t forget the doggy bag.
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