The City of Bunbury is asking both dog and non-dog owners alike to give their feedback on dog control areas for the first time in five years. It is looking for ways to revitalise dog parks and off-leash areas while keeping parklands safe for native flora and fauna. This may include upgrades to the John Banks Memorial Dog Park once the review has been fully scoped next year. The dog park is the only fully enclosed dog park south of Mandurah and is an incredibly popular exercise area for dogs. Park regulars Dave Keenan and John Fiorentino said they would like to see the grounds kept in a better condition. “I’d rather they spend their money on making this one better instead of possibly looking to put in a new one, or new grounds,” Mr Keenan said. “It’s full of weeds, full of grass seeds,” Mr Fiorentino said. Grass seeds can be particularly dangerous to dogs, causing infections if a seed lodges in a dog’s paw and is left untreated. Another issue raised about the park is the lack of grass around the only shaded seating area, which has been left as sand since an elevated concrete slab was installed with one of the benches. “The problem is this (bench) is quite steep now; we see people and other dogs bang their feet and have a hard time getting up to sit here,” Mr Keenan said. Both men were otherwise happy with the facilities at the park, such as access to water and available doggy bags, and said they would still be coming back weekly. In a statement on social media, the city said upgrades were not in the immediate budget but would be considered after the review. “It is also important to note the city currently does not have a projected budget for infrastructure upgrades as part of this review, but community feedback is likely to inform future plans,” it said. The last review was held in 2019 and resulted in more off-leash areas, the supply of dog bag dispensers and clearer signage on where dogs are and are not allowed. The city says it will hold the latest review in line with requirements of the Dog Act 1976. The survey can be completed online or in person at the council administration building by January 14.