Waroona: Popular south west swimming hole reintroduces dog-restricted areas and new exercise areas

Craig DuncanHarvey-Waroona Reporter
 Drakesbrook Weir.
Camera Icon Drakesbrook Weir. Credit: Craig Duncan/RegionalHUB

A popular South West daytrip spot has some big changes coming for four-legged friends, with new dog-restricted areas being introduced.

At the most recent council meeting on February 27, the Shire of Waroona voted to re-instate a process that would prohibit dogs from certain spaces, create special places to exercise dogs and specify rural areas where dogs must be on a lead within the shire.

Newly planned dog areas at Drakesbrook Weir
Camera IconNewly planned dog areas at Drakesbrook Weir Credit: Shire of Waroona

All three of these new areas will be implemented at a new dog exercise area at Drakesbrook Weir.

The popular swimming spot will have three newly defined areas for dog owners, with the picturesque grassy area nearest to the car park being labelled as an area where dogs are prohibited.

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The dog exercise area will run along the weir’s border, separated from the prohibited area by a leash area.

Shire president Mike Walmsley said the main goal was to keep dogs away from the grassed picnic area, which dogs have been banned from entering for several years already.

The shire hopes these changes will make the weir more enjoyable for those with dogs and those without.

The shire also voted to remove an existing dog exercise area in the Preston Beach recreation reserve after it was deemed no longer suitable and mostly inaccessible for dog owners.

The Shire looked at alternatives for the Preston Beach region, such as the golf club, but was unable to find an adequate location.

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