More places for pooches to play in Brimbank

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Sydenham Basin Reserve has had a funding injection of $600,000 from the state government that will be put towards upgrades for the dog park.

The state government is delivering 19 new and upgraded dog parks across Melbourne and Geelong, giving families and their furry friends more dedicated spaces to socialise and play.

The state government said it is important that more green open spaces are available for both pets and their owners to enjoy close to home, with the first pet census revealing the state’s most popular pets are dogs, making up 41 per cent of pet ownership.

All projects will undergo community consultation before designs are made final. Expected features include designated ball play areas, sand digging pits, agility equipment, drinking fountains, fencing, shelters, bins and shading, as well as other park enhancements such as pathway improvements, landscaping, and lighting.

The dog park locations were chosen through an application process with eligible councils, with construction expected to be completed for all projects by 2026.

Environment Minister Steve Dimopoulos said “more dog parks across Victoria means more open spaces for families and their pets to exercise, play and enjoy, closer to home”.

Round two of the New and Upgraded Dog Parks Program will open later this year. To find a dog park near you, visit