Steph Cooke and Keith Duran hold their dogs at the Junee dog park.

Junee’s Dog Agility Park has been officially opened by the Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke.

The park is a collaboration between the Junee Correctional Centre – operated by The GEO Group Australia, Junee Shire Council and the Junee Community Consultative Committee, and has created a community space for dogs and their owners.

Built by inmates, all of the materials for the park were recycled from the current expansion project at Junee Correctional Centre.

Ms Cooke said the Agility Park was a fantastic community asset.

“This park represents what can be achieved when organisations and community groups come together to create something everyone can enjoy. I know those involved in building this park have taken incredible pride in their work and learning new skills as they rehabilitate,” Ms Cooke said.

“And I know firsthand what a success the park is; I couldn’t get my own dogs Lolly and Tilley to stop playing.”

Junee Shire Mayor Cr Neil Smith said he was proud of the cooperation on the project.

“The partnership between Council and GEO has been terrific over the years, their involvement in community building has been second to none and the dog park would not be here without their help,” Cr Smith said.

“The location is terrific for the community and those travelling, anyone who has been stuck in the car all day with a dog will get great benefits from the park.”

Junee Correctional Centre General Manager Scott Brideoake said the park was the result of an innovative collaboration and has benefited both the community and the Correctional Centre’s inmates.  

“Over 1000 hours were given back to the community by the inmates. Inmates gained valued skills in the areas of fencing, spray painting, welding & construction,” Mr Brideoake said.

“Projects like these are an important part of an inmate’s rehabilitation, providing opportunities for them to give back to the community. GEO is proud to be able to deliver and maintain such a great Dog Agility Park for Junee and the surrounding areas.”