Page 12 - Sandgate Guide December Issue
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   Sandgate Parkrun returns from 28 November.
Runners Return
Story Brooke Jacobson
Foreshore Dog Off-Leash Area Here To Stay
Brisbane City Council has made the foreshore dog off-leash area in Sandgate permanent following a successful trial that brought positive community feedback and positive shorebird monitoring results.
Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chair Fiona Cunningham said Council collaborated with Department of Environment and Science and the University of Queensland (UQ) to undertake the trial.
“Brisbane is a dog-loving city, and just like we love the salt and sand, so do our furry family members who voted with their paws during the trials,” Cr Cunningham said.
“These trials were about balancing the needs of recreation and conservation and the UQ research and community feedback shows that we’ve achieved that balance.
“We are pleased the shorebird monitoring results from UQ showed the trial increased the number of dogs kept on-leash in sensitive areas for migratory shorebirds at Sandgate.”
“Since the coronavirus pandemic, visitation to our city’s parks and reserves has significantly increased due to people preferring to stay close to home while enjoying the outdoors.
“We will continue to identify suitable locations for residents and their fur babies to run free and socialise with other dogs.”
Council will install new signage at the area to educate residents about shorebird protection and will continue to monitor the location for compliance.
andgate Parkrun is back and organisers are expecting more fitness enthusiasts than ever to be pounding the pavement.
Organiser Vanessa Gibson said the weekly event would return starting from 28 November, after stopping earlier this year due to COVID-19.
“We had to pull the pin back in March and that was a guideline from national headquarters,” she said.
“We always took a wait-and-see approach, and nationally it’s being decided on a state-by-state basis.
“We’ve missed it so much, our community has missed it – just the opportunity to run or walk with like-minded people again will be great.”
Vanessa said they were expecting “big numbers”.
“A lot of people may have started exercising during social isolation and now is their chance to come along and check out Parkrun,” she said.
“Also of course we have a COVID-safe plan; there will be a QR code for our runners to check in and we’re required to provide hand sanitiser for all our volunteers.
“Earlier this year we might have thought those kind of conditions (for participating) were too much for people, but now I think we’re all just used to it.”
Vanessa said she also wanted other foreshore users to be aware the group was back.
“We will be in Sandgate from Arthur Davis Park to the Pier, in quite large numbers, each Saturday from 7am to 8am,” she said.
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