Students and council collect feedback on the feasibility of a dog park in Meningie

MEETING: Emma Swan and Rayleen Hurle with councillor Vern Leng, Joyce Bennetta and Sheridan O'Brien at the meeting hosted by students.
MEETING: Emma Swan and Rayleen Hurle with councillor Vern Leng, Joyce Bennetta and Sheridan O'Brien at the meeting hosted by students.

One of the designs created by students at Meningie Area school through the school’s ‘Innov8’ initative is set to become a reality as discussions for a dog park in the lakeside town are underway.

Close to a dozen people were present at a meeting on Wednesday hosted by the school’s year 10 students to discuss the feasibility of a dog park and gather community feedback.

Senior community development officer Sheridan O’Brien led the meeting alongside students and put attendees to work as they submitted suggestions which would “capture the views” of people in the community and weigh up the benefits of the presence of a dog park.

The dog park’s proposed location has been identified on the right hand side of the town’s oval due to its convenient and central location, and ability to be easily maintained.

Council’s director community and corporate Nat Traeger said ‘Innov8’ was a great initiative from the school and said council’s interest in the project developed when they recognised a “high desire” for a dog and skate park in the town when visiting the school’s ‘Innov8’ expo last year.

“We were exceptionally pleased with the turnout,” she said.

“We are excited about the partnership with the school in achieving this project and it’s great to have this grassroots engagement in order to achieve a solution.”

Meninigie Area school principal Iain Love said it has been great for the students to have had an opportunity to engage in “real life” decision making and develop their sense of becoming community members.

“I would like to commend the year 10 students for really engaging with this,” he said.

“The students came up with some great ideas through ‘Innov8’ and it was the dog park that council identified as most feasible to pursue.”

The information gathered from the meeting will be collated into a report which summarises the feedback and will be given to council in April. 

Work on the park is expected to begin by June.