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Dog park at culturally significant site in Bli Bli

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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.