Dogs in the park? Have your say

Should dogs (on a leash) be allowed in Centennial and Norris parks?

That's the question Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is asking residents in determining weather to lift a ban on our four legged friends in these areas.

The issue of dogs in the park came to the fore in October last year, when the general manage of the council John Vucic reminded residents in his weekly column published in the Express, that dogs were prohibited from the parks and had been the case for several years.

It came as council staff had noticed a large increase in the number of dogs, most on leads, during events like market day.

Now, after objections to the ban were raised by some members of the community, council is calling on residents to have their say on the issue.

Council's recreation and property manager Ross Lawley said the council's recreation and facilities committee were currently considering the issue and were hoping to hear both sides of the argument.

"Over 10 years ago the council decided because of the number of people using the park and eating there also, dogs should be banned," Mr Lawley said.

"In the 10 years or so since the ban, there are more eating places where people sit outside with their dog and it appears more expectation that this can happen."

To have your say, send written submissions to the recreation and property manager Ross Lawley, PO Box 714, Cooma or email Submissions close at 4pm Friday February 28.

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