On Sunday 10 April the Kyneton Botanical Gardens will be filled with wagging tails and wet noses as we host the town’s very first ‘Puppy Pride’ event as part of the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival.  LGBTIQA+ people, allies and puppies will come together, meet and greet and delight in their beloved four-legged friends.

There will be food trucks offering a variety of local produce and fresh coffee, and dogs and their owners can browse the canine and pride-themed market stalls.

There will plenty to keep everyone entertained with competitions including ‘Fashions on the Fur’, a scavenger hunt and for those who aren’t dog owners, the ‘Most Lovable Faux Puppy’.  There will be prizes and special guests but for those who want to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Botanic Gardens, there will be plenty of space to roll out your picnic blanket and set up your water bowl.

The Botanic Gardens are situated alongside the Campaspe River Walk, a 3.5 kilometre walk which takes in a sculpture park, platypus habitat and old swimming pool weirs.  Come and enjoy the clean air of the Macedon Ranges and get those feet and paws moving.  Bring your friends and family, connect with people you haven’t seem for a while, or come along and make new friends.  You will find a warm, inclusive welcome at Puppy Pride.

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health has two programs that actively work to connect the LGBTIQA+ communities in the Macedon Ranges, champion positive health and wellbeing outcomes, and increase LGBTIQA+ visibility.  CLIP – the Country LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Program and the youth-focused WayOut program organise a number of events and groups that celebrate the rainbow community.

Sunday 10 April, 12pm, Kyneton Botanic Gardens, Mollison Street, Kyneton.  Dog walk starts at 11.30am at the outdoor gym at St Agnes Place Kyneton.

If you have time to spare and would like to assist us with this event, please get in touch with us at healthpromotion@scchc.org.au or 5421 1666.

To download our event flyer, click here.

This free event is supported by Healthy Heart of Victoria and Macedon Ranges Shire Council. To upload a copy of the Autumn Festival program, click here.