Dogs in the Public Domain - Investigations, Trials and Projects

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The Access Areas for Dogs Policy is Council’s guiding document in relation to dogs in the public domain, it provides conduct guidelines and defines off-leash, on-leash and prohibited dogs areas for land and assets within the ownership, management, care and control of Council.

On 11 June 2019, Council resolved to consult with the community in relation to additional off-leash dog areas on a case by case basis. This page provides updates on the various investigations, trials and projects that are being delivered to enhance the experience of dogs in the public domain.

In 2021, Council will review the Access

The Access Areas for Dogs Policy is Council’s guiding document in relation to dogs in the public domain, it provides conduct guidelines and defines off-leash, on-leash and prohibited dogs areas for land and assets within the ownership, management, care and control of Council.

On 11 June 2019, Council resolved to consult with the community in relation to additional off-leash dog areas on a case by case basis. This page provides updates on the various investigations, trials and projects that are being delivered to enhance the experience of dogs in the public domain.

In 2021, Council will review the Access Areas for Dogs Policy.

To keep up to date, and to get involved in the policy review, visit the Review of Access for Dogs Policy web page.

  • Clifton Park Dog Off-Leash Area Improvements

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    19 Jan 2021
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    Council recently completed a number of improvements to both Clifton Park and the Dog Off-Leash area within Clifton Park, Sanctuary Point. These include;

    • New shelter and wheelchair accessible double BBQ
    • Directional fingerboard signage outside and within the park
    • Dog agility equipment within the dog off-leash area. This equipment was constructed and installed by the Sanctuary Point Mens Shed. The Mens Shed was a great help with completing and installing the embellishments.
    • Installation of a dog ‘Rehydration Station’ within the dog off-leash area.
    • Installation of a dog waste bag dispenser outside of the dog off-leash area.

    The above improvements cost a total of $42,141.91.

  • Policy Review - Working Group

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    16 Dec 2020
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    Council has asked community members to play an important role in the review of the Policy and Guidelines. The Community Working Group will work closely with Council staff to provide meaningful, representative input and feedback on the operation, suitability, and safety of existing dog areas and signage, the potential for new dog areas, the adequacy of the current documents, and more.

    The Community Working Group needs to be representative of the widest-possible span of community interests including:

    • women and men
    • dog owners
    • non-dog owners
    • business people, including Tourism operators
    • environmental protection authorities
    • sporting groups
    • people with a disability
    • the elderly
    • any other person, or group, not identified in this list.

    Council is seeking nominations from seven community members from each of the three Council Wards. To find your Ward visit the NSW Electoral Commission(External link) website.

    Expressions of interest have now closed.

    To find out more about the working group visit the Review of Accessible Areas For Dog Policy Get Involved web page.

  • Council Meeting Outcomes

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    16 Dec 2020
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    On 12 December 2020 at Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting, Council resolved (MIN20.916 ):

    That Council:

    1. Endorse the provision of a new fenced dog off-leash park at Lions Park, Burrill Lake and fund the fencing of the off-leash dog area from the existing budget allocation for dog off-leash area embellishments.

    2. Amend the dog off-leash area at Jerry Bailey Oval, Shoalhaven Heads in accordance with the new fenced area and increase hours of operation to 24-hour dog off-leash access.

    3. Defer investigations of the following sites as off-leash locations:

    a. A dog off-leash beach south of Ulladulla and north of Bawley Point

    b. Further investigation of extension of the Seven Mile Beach off-leash area to the north, including:

    i. Seek community feedback in relation to the northern extension; and

    ii. Seek advice from National Parks & Wildlife Services and other relevant Government stakeholders.

    Council staff will now undertake the actions required by parts 1 and 2 of the above resolution.

  • Fenced Off-leash Dog Area Greenwell Point

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    15 Dec 2020
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    The construction of the West Street fenced dog park in Greenwell Point is completed.

    The addition of the latest off-leash area in Greenwell Point was funded, to the tune of $35,000, by Shoalhaven City Council.

    There are now 24 off-leash dog areas in the Shoalhaven where residents and visitors can exercise their dogs.

    The off-leash dog park is fully fenced with a water tap.

    Of the 24 off-leash areas, 15 are accessible 24/7 and 9 are timed dog off-leash areas.

    The dog off-leash areas in the Shoalhaven are a combination of public open spaces including beaches, parks; and fenced areas to ensure our community and their pets have access to a wide range of dog off-leash facilities.

    Image: Local residents and members of the Greenwell Point Dog Park Committee with their dogs at the Fenced Off-leash Green Point Dog Park.

  • Strategy and Assets Council Meeting - Shoalhaven Heads and Burrill Lake/Dolphin Point Dogs Off-leash Survey Result Report

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    04 Dec 2020
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    In response to local community petitions to establish new dog off-leash areas in both Shoalhaven Heads and Burrill Lake/Dolphin Point, Council conducted surveys in both areas, inviting all the community in the two areas to nominate their preferred location for new fenced and non-fenced dog off-leash spaces.

    All of the feedback has been included in the recommendation in a report that is expected to be considered at Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on Tuesday 8th December 2020.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:00pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at Council’s Administration Building. While the Council Chambers and meeting are closed to the public, the meeting can be viewed live on the Council Meetings web page.

    A copy of the report will be available on the Friday prior to the meeting on the Agendas and Minutes web page.  

    For information about how to make a deputation at the meeting on the matter visit the Deputations web page on Council’s website.

  • Dolphin Point and Burrill Lake - Dogs-off Leash Areas

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    07 Oct 2020
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    Thank you for your input. This survey is now closed.

    Interested dog owners in the Dolphin Point and Burrill Lake area recently petitioned Council to establish a new dog off leash area in the locality. In response, in August this year Council resolved (MIN20.531 See full details below) to investigate the suitability of all locations across Dolphin Point and Burrill Lake for fenced dog off-leash areas and to do that by consulting with petition organisers, Ulladulla Forum, land owners, Paws4Shoalhaven and broader community members and groups to seek feedback on preferred locations for fenced dog off leash areas. Council also resolved to allow everyone the opportunity to suggest locations between Ulladulla Harbour and Cormorant Beach for consideration by Council.

    MIN20.531

    That Council:

    1. Accept the report for information.

    2. Council undertake further investigations into the suitability of all locations across Dolphin Point and Burrill Lake for fenced dog off leash areas.

    3. Consult with petition organisers, Ulladulla Forum, land owners, Paws4Shoalhaven and broader community members and groups to seek feedback on locations for fenced dog off leash areas. As part of the consultation with all groups allow the opportunity to suggest locations between Ulladulla Harbour and Cormorant beach for consideration for dog off leash areas.

    4. Following consultation and investigations prepare a report back to Council.

    We now invite you to submit your preferred location so that it can be considered along with all others in the required report back to Council.

  • Greenwell Point Update

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    11 Sep 2020
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    Shoalhaven City Council has been working closely with the Greenwell Point community to deliver a new fenced dog off leash area following Council’s resolution to formalise the area as a dog off-leash park.

    Works will commence on Friday 25 September on this exciting project. The works include installation of fencing, signage, bin and bike rack. The off-leash area will be available for use by residents and visitors once the construction work has been completed.

  • Review of Off-leash Dog Areas in Shoalhaven Heads

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    03 Sep 2020
    Thank you for your feedback. This survey is now closed.
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    Council staff have engaged with Shoalhaven Heads Community Forum to review the off-leash Dog areas in Shoalhaven Heads. This will include the extension of current off leash areas, proposal for new hours of off leash areas and for new fenced areas. To complement the review, a survey has been created to attain a baseline of information about dog ownership and subsequent utilisation of open space at Shoalhaven Heads.

    The survey is open from 31 July to 31 August 2020.

    Link to survey

  • Petition for New Dogs Off-leash Area at Dolphin Point

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    19 Jun 2020
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    At the Strategy and Assets meeting on Tuesday 9 June, a petition that was signed by 1,102 persons was presented in relation to a new timed dog off-leash area at Dolphin Point.

    The request is for the area to the east of Burrill Lake Lions Park, south past the tourist park to the inlet at Dolphin Point Reserve. The map below shows a general area proposed. The times proposed are 3.00pm to 10.00am during winter months and 4.00pm to 10.00am during summer months.

    We would like to know if you agree with this proposal.

    Please take the Quick Poll on this page by 5 pm, Friday 3 July 2020.


  • New Notice of Motion

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    19 Jun 2020
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    A Notice of Motion was considered at the Strategy and Assets meeting on Tuesday 9 June In relation to Clifton Street Dog Park at Sanctuary Point. The Council resolved:

    RESOLVED (Clr Gash / Clr Proudfoot) MIN20.398

    That Council:

    1. Provide details as to the existing facilities for the Clifton Street dog park in Sanctuary Point and provide details of future facilities to be provided in that location.

    2. Staff implement improvements identified as operational matters in the interim.

    Council staff will now implement necessary improvements and a report back to Council on the existing and any future facilities at Clifton Street Dog Park.