We are a group of responsible dog owners and walkers who enjoy exercising our dogs both on and off lead in as many places as possible. We are keen to maintain the health and safety of our pets, ourselves, the community, native animals and birds.
We started with less than 10 members in 1998 as a result of The Parks and Wildlife Service taking over the management of what is now the Peter Murrell Reserve. This had previously been land reserved for public housing. Parks informed the Kingborough community that dogs would not be allowed in the new Reserve and several local residents asked for a meeting with them. At the end of that meeting Parks advised they could not talk to us again unless we started an Incorporated Body. We did so and after many meetings with Parks we reached a compromise which still applies. For many years we were on a Management Committee for the Reserve until these meetings were discontinued. Our membership has now grown to well over 100 people in the Kingborough municipality.
We are proud to be the first dog walking association in Tasmania, and have since welcomed the formation of the Hobart, Huon Valley, Sorell and Derwent Valley DWAs, and the Sighthound Appreciation Society of Hobart (SASH).
Committee Members 2019/2020
President: Peter McIntosh
Vice President: Venie Phillips
Secretary: Su Jan New Clark
Treasurer: Simon Barnsley
Public Officer: Ailsa Richards
Newsletter Editor: Belinda Fenney-Walch
The 21st AGM of the KDWA was held on Thursday 19th September 2019 at the Kingston Library. There were 17 attendees and 10 apologies. The main business of the meeting was the election of the executive and committee for the 2019-20 year
After the meeting there was a very interesting presentation by our invited speaker, Sergeant Iain Shepherd from the Tasmania Police Dog Handlers Unit, and his dog Bernie. This was followed by supper and an opportunity for members to meet the incoming committee.
A copy of the KDWA constitution is available here.