Kennel club set to move

THERE won’t be any sitting, or staying put, for members of a local dog obedience club as a leasing agreement that will see the club relocate to a new home enters its final stages.

The Adelaide Plains Kennel and Obedience Club (APKOC) will soon call a section of Clara Harnimann Reserve, in Lewiston, home after Adelaide Plains elected members instructed council to finalise the lease agreement at their meeting last month.

The club is currently based in Two Wells, and has been since it was first established in 1989.

However, with the ongoing development of the Two Wells township, council indicated its preference to take back the land and use it for further development.

APKOC president Debbie Heinze said the club has been operating on a rolling monthly lease since 2016 and members are excited to have a place to call a longterm home.

“It will, most definitely, be better,” she said.

“The grounds we’ve got at the moment are pretty rough and what we’re working with now doesn’t allow you to work difficult dogs off-leash.

“We’d like to have (the new facility) looking like a nice footy oval with some decent, dog-proof fencing around it.”

Club secretary Ann Waite said, with the expected influx of people moving into the Adelaide Plains area, the new facility will allow the club to be better prepared to accept more members.

Adelaide Plains Council initially budgeted $150,000 for upgrades at the site, but has since reduced that figure to $50,000 following its budget-cutting process.

Mrs Heinze said, now the leasing arrangement process is almost complete, the club can shift its attention to securing grant funding for  work it wants to complete at the site.

Council also approved a lease agreement with the Adelaide Plains Equestrian Club for an adjacent section of land at the reserve, with both clubs to co-exist on the property.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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