Launceston has become the first place in Australia to develop a dedicated off-leash area for greyhounds and vulnerable dogs.
The Launceston City Council approved the areas at Invermay's Heritage Forest for an area to be sectioned off for off-leash greyhounds and another for vulnerable dogs.
Councillor Andrea Dawkins put forward a motion last year to ask the state government to change the Dog Control Act and to develop a dedicated off-leash area for greyhounds.
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Once the state laws changed, the council was able to continue with its plans.
"I can't wait to see some greyhounds running free," she said.
"A group of greyhound owners walked it and were excited to be the first to walk the track."
The other area set aside for vulnerable dogs are for any which may be small, geriatric or experiencing or recovering from an injury or illness.
Under the council's new Dog Control Policy only guide or hearing dogs are permitted in Riverbend Park.
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Deputy mayor Danny Gibson said in addition to the changes to council's new policy he would love the council to provide an online list of where the community could take their dogs.
"It would be a really proactive thing saying this is what our council provide for dog owners," he said.
"I think we've done this really well, the way we listened to community need and responded to concerns," he said.
"The outcome is really good."
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