HEAD OVER PAWS: Siobhan Rogers and her pup Alphie are looking forward to the planned dog off leash area in Roma.
HEAD OVER PAWS: Siobhan Rogers and her pup Alphie are looking forward to the planned dog off leash area in Roma. Ellen Ransley

Pawsome play park plan has Roma dogs wagging

AT 12-months-old, Alphie Rogers is ready to start socialising and there will be no better place than at Roma's new off-leash dog park.

When pet owner Siobhan Rogers relocated her chocolate dapple dachshund to Roma at the start of 2019, the lack of an off-leash dog area took her by surprise.

"It's one of the first things I looked up," Ms Rogers said.

"I kind of thought a town of this size would have one."

That's soon set to change with Maranoa Regional Council announcing this week that construction of an off-leash dog park in Roma had begun.

The new dog park will contain an open grassed area, surrounded by a chain wire mesh fence with dual gate entry, shade trees, waste bins, drinking bowls and water taps inside and outside the park

It's news that has Siobhan and Alphie head over paws in excitement.

"Being new to town, I don't know many people around with dogs, so to be able to take him somewhere where he can socialise in a safe environment is really good," she said.

"It'll be a great opportunity for him to find little doggy friends."

Alphie will love it too, she said, as he barked enthusiastically.

The park will be located at the entrance to Adungadoo Pathway, near Shady's Lagoon at the corner of Bungil Rd and Charles St.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Community Safety, said parking was available close by for those who lived further away or were just passing through.

"Once complete, the off-leash area would be a great opportunity for responsible dog owners to exercise their pets in a safe and enclosed space," Cr Chandler told the Western Star.

"Works are anticipated to take five weeks to complete, weather permitting."

"For safety, during construction the area will be closed off to prevent access."


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