Dogs NSW looks to the future

DOGS and their owners will benefit from a grand plan envisioned for the Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs.

The Erskine Park complex has been Dogs NSW's headquarters for the last 20 years.

It currently leases the land from the state government but wants to buy part of the 80 hectares.

Dogs NSW board members met with planning minister Brad Hazzard and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies last week to get the ball rolling on the plans.

Dogs NSW is one of the biggest organisations representing purebred breeders in Australia.

It uses the site on a daily basis for dog shows, obedience training and running its office.

It's the only organisation that does not have an indoor showing area.

"Buying the land would give us a secure tenure long term and the ability to further develop the site," said Dogs NSW chairwoman Elizabeth Gunter. "We'd like to develop an indoor arena as well as a library."

Mr Hazzard was impressed with the care Dogs NSW had taken with the land.

Mrs Davies said: "I welcome the opportunity to open discussions between Dogs NSW and the state government on helping Dogs NSW expand and providing them with certainty of tenure."

Mrs Gunter said "We're grateful the minister visited to see the extent of our operations and what we do for dogs."

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