Category Archives: Balancing Act

Dog Park Concept Fly-in

Dog Parks in Australia Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with 36% of households owning a dog (Australian Companion Animal Council, 2010). Pets play important roles in our lives. Research shows they can help improve a person’s mental and physical health, reduce the effects of stress, facilitate social interaction

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Life without your pet

Pet Friendly Planning. Does it exist in Australia? Companion animals are a part of our lives. Yet, public policy (urban planning) tends to give little consideration to this area. In the publication ‘Unleashed – a guide to successful dog parks’ we start to explore the topic of how to integrate companion animals (dogs) into urban

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Are Pets allowed in Aged Care Facilities?

Fiona is often asked: Can I take my pet with me to an aged care environment? This year, I started to think about the issue of growing old with your pet more from a personal experience as my mother is aging with the debilitating disease of Dementia. over the past year,  I noticed something different

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Balancing Act Adelaide wins Planning Institute Award

At the recent Planning Institute of Australia ‘PIA’ (SA) Awards for Planning Excellence 2014, Fiona De Rosa from Balancing Act Adelaide was presented with the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award for the study of Dog Park Design. The study of dog park design resulted in a publication “Unleashed, a guide to successful dog parks”

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Winner of APDT & Black Dog Scholarship

Fiona wins APDT and Black Dog Scholarship, 2014 “Fiona De Rosa’s application re dog parks was outstanding, professionally put together with a well thought out and realistic time frame. … She was supported by excellent and qualified references …” (Karin Bridge, cited in APDT Annual Conference 2014, Program Brochure). “I cannot look past the importance

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Do People Walk or Drive to Dog Parks?

Do people walk or drive to a dog park? Research shows that 68% of park users in the Adelaide region drive to a dog park (Hazel and Thomsen, n.d. The University of Adelaide). This indicates that parking is a key planning consideration for local councils thinking about developing a new or upgrading  an existing dog

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