On any given sunny afternoon in Melbourne, you can find dog lovers and their furry friends enjoying the many fantastic dog parks across the city. Thanks to the Victorian Government’s $13.4 million investment, even more spaces are being built and upgraded to create the ultimate playgrounds for our pups. Here’s what you need to know about this¬†pawsome¬†initiative.

The New and Upgraded Dog Parks program aims to enhance existing dog parks in Melbourne and Victoria while creating new ones. It’s part of the broader Open Space for Everyone Strategy 2021, focusing on making public spaces more enjoyable for all Victorians.

Dog Park in Victoria

The program’s first round targets six new dog parks and upgrades for up to 13 existing parks. Councils like Geelong, Whittlesea, and Brimbank will receive up to $800,000 each to build these fantastic new play areas for our furry friends. Meanwhile, places like Flemington, Caulfield, and Hoppers Crossing will see their existing parks get a significant facelift with grants up to $400,000.

Funding Details for New Dog Parks Across Victoria

Eligible OrganisationProject DetailAvailable Funding (ex GST)
City of Greater GeelongDesign and delivery of a new dog park in Armstrong Creek or CharlemontUp to $800,000
City of WhittleseaDesign and delivery of a new dog park in WollertUp to $800,000
Brimbank City CouncilDesign and delivery of a new dog park in SydenhamUp to $800,000
City of CaseyDesign and delivery of a new dog park in Endeavour HillsUp to $800,000
City of MonashDesign and delivery of a new dog park in Mount WaverleyUp to $800,000
Knox City CouncilDesign and delivery of a new dog park and playspace in WantirnaUp to $800,000

Funding Details for Upgraded Dog Parks Across Victoria

Eligible OrganisationProject DetailAvailable Funding (ex GST)
Moonee Valley City CouncilDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in Flemington or surroundsUp to $400,000
Yarra City CouncilDesign and delivery of two dog park upgrades in the City of YarraUp to $400,000 (per project)
City of WhittleseaDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in LalorUp to $400,000
Moorabool Shire CouncilDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in Bacchus MarshUp to $400,000
Hume City CouncilDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in Meadow Heights or GreenvaleUp to $400,000
Cardinia Shire CouncilDesign and delivery of two dog park upgrades in Cockatoo and OfficerUp to $400,000 (per project)
Wyndham City CouncilDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in Hoppers CrossingUp to $400,000
Manningham City CouncilDesign and delivery of two dog park upgrades in Warrandyte and DoncasterUp to $400,000 (per project)
Glen Eira City CouncilDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in CaulfieldUp to $400,000
Nillumbik Shire CouncilDesign and delivery of a dog park upgrade in Diamond CreekUp to $400,000
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What Can You Expect from These Dog Parks?

So, what will these parks look like? Think of all the essentials and more:

  • Play features for dogs to enjoy
  • Water bowls to keep them hydrated
  • Fencing to ensure safety
  • Shelter and bins for convenience
  • Paths and shade for a pleasant experience for both dogs and their humans

Some funds also go towards improving connectivity with other points of interest, making these parks not just a destination but a part of a more giant adventure for you and your dog.

What Won’t Be Funded?

The program sets clear guidelines to ensure effective use of funds. It won’t cover buying land, ongoing maintenance, or any work already started. The focus is on new builds and significant upgrades to create or improve off-leash areas.

How Does It Work?

Eligible councils must apply for the grants, detailing their plans and ensuring they meet financial viability, project planning, and community consultation criteria. There’s also a strong emphasis on engaging with Traditional Custodians and considering environmental sustainability.

Key Dates for New Dog Parks in Victoria

The application process kicked off in early February 2024, and successful councils were notified in April. Building or upgrading of the parks will start in May 2024, and the aim is for completion by June 2026.

Why New and Upgraded Dog Parks Matter to Victoria

These new and upgraded parks are more than just play areas for dog lovers. They’re places where communities can come together, dogs can socialise, and everyone can enjoy green space. Whether in Geelong, Whittlesea, or any other lucky areas, these parks will be a fantastic addition to your local area.

So, watch for these developments and get ready to explore some fresh new spots with your furry mate. It’s all about creating better spaces for our dogs and ourselves.