Grounds webImagine a permanent, internationally-recognised State Dog Centre featuring numerous show rings, training areas for herding, obedience, agility and more, plus a library and museum showcasing books and artifacts on all things canine, an Education Centre and an off-leash park area for neighbourhood residents. It would be a tail-wagging destination for ‘everybody and their dog’ – literally.

Dogs NSW is the peak body responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across the state. With more than 10,000 members, Dogs NSW is calling on the NSW Government to consider creating a permanent state dog park on its 27-year-old grounds in Orchard Hills.

“Dogs NSW’s lease with the NSW Government runs for another 11 years with an option to extend until 2038,” said Dogs NSW spokesperson Brian Crump.

In the meantime, construction of infrastructure has begun next door to Dogs NSW’s headquarters for the development of 245,000 sqm of land into an employment hub, threatening the future of canine activities in the area.

“What is going to become of Dogs NSW’s 14 show rings, administration, German Shepherd Dog League of NSW facilities, and grounds used for dog sports, trialling and sheep used for herding?” said Mr Crump. 

“Dogs NSW runs numerous canine events and educates the public about dogs and responsible ownership.” Dogs NSW is circulating a petition for submission to the NSW Government to create a permanent State Dog Park, owned and administered by the Royal Canine Council of NSW “with appropriate facilities for the use of dog activities, obedience and conformation showing, to bring Dogs NSW to the world stage,” he said. 

“We want to develop Dogs NSW’s grounds into a State Dog Park, but such an investment would require a guarantee of tenure. With all this development taking place in the area, Dogs NSW is requesting the government to either sell the land to Dogs NSW or grant it a lease in perpetuity.”

To sign the petition, you must be a NSW resident: Adobe Download