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Palmerston pooches going mutts over Bakewell Dog Park

Join us this weekend as we officially open Palmerston’s newest dog park. 

Located on Maurice Terrace, Bakewell, the permanent, off-leash dog park is proving to be very popular amongst Palmerston residents and their fur-friends.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, this space was trialled to provide further opportunities for people to exercise their dogs. Community consultation was undertaken, with Palmerston citizens supporting the park becoming a permanent facility.

Although being made permanent in February, the park is set to be finalised with agility equipment to compliment the other great features of the park.

The official opening will take place on Saturday 15 May 2021, from 10am-12 noon, where you can: 
•    enjoy a free sausage sizzle, 
•    meet your Elected Members and local Rangers, and
•    let your pooch explore the new space.

City of Palmerston were able to deliver the permanent off-leash dog exercise area with funding received as part of the Australian Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

The LRCI program supports local councils to deliver infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and helping communities recover from the impacts of COVID-19. 

“We are delighted to be included in the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program. The funding has allowed us to deliver on projects such as the Bakewell Dog Park and to continue to meet the outcomes in the Community Plan,” said the City of Palmerston Mayor, Athina Pascoe-Bell.

“It is evident that dog parks are great for improving community wellbeing and provide safe spaces for people and their pets to socialise and exercise,” she added.

Senator Dr Sam McMahon said she was thrilled to be able to assist the City of Palmerston in receiving this funding.
"This LRCI funding will be used on important projects that will make life better for the residents of Palmerston," Senator McMahon said. 

City of Palmerston thanks the Australian Government and the Hon. Michael McCormack, Minister for Infrastructure, for their ongoing support.

The $150,000 project is fully funded by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

For more information on permanent off-leash dog parks, visit palmerston.nt.gov.au.