Access Areas for Dogs Policy

Shoalhaven City Council recently resolved not to proceed with a comprehensive review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy that guides the location and operation of off-leash dog areas in Shoalhaven. Find out more...


Background

The Access Areas for Dogs Policy was originally adopted by Council in 2005 after a significant increase in use of the public domain, particularly parks and foreshore areas (beaches, lakes and the like) for off-leash dog activity. As a consequence, Council developed a position in relation to locations considered appropriate or not appropriate for off-leash dog activity.

The Policy provides dog owners with public domain 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.

In 2018, Council received various submissions for additional off-leash dog areas. This instigated the need to undertake a broader review of the Policy. The objective was to review the existing Policy in consultation with internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, the review aimed to:

  • Assess the operation and appropriateness of existing off-leash and prohibited dog areas
  • Consider locations for new off-leash dog areas, and
  • Consider establishing a process for off-leash dog areas including site criteria and fencing arrangements.

A key outcome of the project would have been a revised Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Dog Off-Leash Guide.

On 11 June 2019, Council resolved not to proceed with the review, and instead consult with the community providing additional off leash areas on a case by case basis. Read the full resolution...

Shoalhaven City Council recently resolved not to proceed with a comprehensive review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy that guides the location and operation of off-leash dog areas in Shoalhaven. Find out more...


Background

The Access Areas for Dogs Policy was originally adopted by Council in 2005 after a significant increase in use of the public domain, particularly parks and foreshore areas (beaches, lakes and the like) for off-leash dog activity. As a consequence, Council developed a position in relation to locations considered appropriate or not appropriate for off-leash dog activity.

The Policy provides dog owners with public domain 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.

In 2018, Council received various submissions for additional off-leash dog areas. This instigated the need to undertake a broader review of the Policy. The objective was to review the existing Policy in consultation with internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, the review aimed to:

  • Assess the operation and appropriateness of existing off-leash and prohibited dog areas
  • Consider locations for new off-leash dog areas, and
  • Consider establishing a process for off-leash dog areas including site criteria and fencing arrangements.

A key outcome of the project would have been a revised Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Dog Off-Leash Guide.

On 11 June 2019, Council resolved not to proceed with the review, and instead consult with the community providing additional off leash areas on a case by case basis. Read the full resolution...

  • Dog Off Leash Area – Thurgate Oval, Bomaderry

    3 months ago

    17 September 2019

    It was resolved at Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting held on Tuesday 13 August 2019 that Council:

    1. Implement a 12 month trial for a designated 24/7 off leash dog area at Thurgate Oval Bomaderry.
    2. Provide the appropriate signage and information for the trial area.
    3. A further report be provided to Council on the outcomes and community feedback following the trial or as required.
    4. CEO provide a report back to Council on fencing options available and costing to enable grant applications.
    5. Senior staff meet with Bomaderry Community Inc to discuss options and...

    17 September 2019

    It was resolved at Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting held on Tuesday 13 August 2019 that Council:

    1. Implement a 12 month trial for a designated 24/7 off leash dog area at Thurgate Oval Bomaderry.
    2. Provide the appropriate signage and information for the trial area.
    3. A further report be provided to Council on the outcomes and community feedback following the trial or as required.
    4. CEO provide a report back to Council on fencing options available and costing to enable grant applications.
    5. Senior staff meet with Bomaderry Community Inc to discuss options and way forward for this project.
    For background information, please refer to the Strategy and Assets Committee meeting agenda.
  • Dog On Leash Access - Narrawallee Beach from Surfers Ave

    3 months ago

    12 September 2019

    At its meeting of 27 August, Council resolved (MIN19.578) to conduct a six months trial for dog walkers seeking to access Narrawallee Beach from Surfers Avenue.

    The trial is required to address the following:

    1. The required trial access route from Surfers Avenue is to be via the Shoalhaven Water thoroughfare to its end, then on to the rear of the beach keeping close to the escarpment, proceeding to the foot of the Victor Avenue stairs and then on to the designated “dog off-leash” area” to the north.
    2. From Surfers Avenue to the Victor Avenue stairs...

    12 September 2019

    At its meeting of 27 August, Council resolved (MIN19.578) to conduct a six months trial for dog walkers seeking to access Narrawallee Beach from Surfers Avenue.

    The trial is required to address the following:

    1. The required trial access route from Surfers Avenue is to be via the Shoalhaven Water thoroughfare to its end, then on to the rear of the beach keeping close to the escarpment, proceeding to the foot of the Victor Avenue stairs and then on to the designated “dog off-leash” area” to the north.
    2. From Surfers Avenue to the Victor Avenue stairs all dogs must be kept on a leash.

    The trial is not to commence until: all necessary signage is installed; access from the Shoalwater track from the beach is made good and: in the order of five bollards are installed along the rear of the beach (base of escarpment) to the Victor Avenue stairs. In addition, pictorial bollard signage directing dog walkers to keep to the escarpment side is a requirement of the trial.

  • Further Report to Council

    4 months ago

    20 August 2019

    In accordance with Council’s previous resolution relating to the Access Areas for Dogs Policy Review, it is anticipated that a report will be considered by Council at its Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on Tuesday 10 September 2019 in relation to the following components of the resolution:

    • Seeking additional funding for Ranger Services, and
    • Advising Council of progress on the trial of the pathway street signage on the Adelaide Street Reserve, Greenwell Point.

    In relation to the latter, additional signage and pathway stencil locations have been determined...

    20 August 2019

    In accordance with Council’s previous resolution relating to the Access Areas for Dogs Policy Review, it is anticipated that a report will be considered by Council at its Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on Tuesday 10 September 2019 in relation to the following components of the resolution:

    • Seeking additional funding for Ranger Services, and
    • Advising Council of progress on the trial of the pathway street signage on the Adelaide Street Reserve, Greenwell Point.

    In relation to the latter, additional signage and pathway stencil locations have been determined and discussions have commenced in relation to costings and installation timeframe. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by November 2019.

    It is anticipated that the report will be included on the meeting’s agenda, which will be available by Friday 6 September 2019 on Council’s website.

  • Council Resolves to Not Proceed With the Review of Dog Off Leash Policy

    6 months ago

    17 June 2019

    A report on the Review Access Areas for Dogs Policy was provided to Council's Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019. At this meeting, it was resolved that Council:

    1. Not proceed with the review of Council’s Dog Off Leash Policy.
    2. Staff research and consult with community providing additional off leash areas on a case by case basis, and report back findings to Council with estimated costings in the first half of 2020.
    3. Recommence the trial of the pathway street signage on the Adelaide Street Reserve, Greenwell Point.
    4. Receive a further report setting out the business case for increasing funding for Ranger Services to educate and enforce existing dogs off leash areas.

    Council staff will now enact this resolution.

    17 June 2019

    A report on the Review Access Areas for Dogs Policy was provided to Council's Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019. At this meeting, it was resolved that Council:

    1. Not proceed with the review of Council’s Dog Off Leash Policy.
    2. Staff research and consult with community providing additional off leash areas on a case by case basis, and report back findings to Council with estimated costings in the first half of 2020.
    3. Recommence the trial of the pathway street signage on the Adelaide Street Reserve, Greenwell Point.
    4. Receive a further report setting out the business case for increasing funding for Ranger Services to educate and enforce existing dogs off leash areas.

    Council staff will now enact this resolution.

  • Deputations Welcomed When Matter Goes Before Council

    7 months ago

    16 May 2019

    A report on the Access Areas for Dogs Policy Review will be submitted to Council's next Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 11 June 2019, for Council's consideration and to determine a way forward.

    For those interested in making a deputation to this meeting - please visit Council's website for details on the application process. A "Deputation" means a person, or a representative of a group of persons, appears personally before a council or council committee in order to address the council or committee on a particular matter.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend all Council and Committee Meetings. The Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019 will start at 5pm and will be held in Council Chambers at 36 Bridge Rd, Nowra. The meeting agenda will be available on Council's website closer to the meeting.

    16 May 2019

    A report on the Access Areas for Dogs Policy Review will be submitted to Council's next Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 11 June 2019, for Council's consideration and to determine a way forward.

    For those interested in making a deputation to this meeting - please visit Council's website for details on the application process. A "Deputation" means a person, or a representative of a group of persons, appears personally before a council or council committee in order to address the council or committee on a particular matter.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend all Council and Committee Meetings. The Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019 will start at 5pm and will be held in Council Chambers at 36 Bridge Rd, Nowra. The meeting agenda will be available on Council's website closer to the meeting.

  • Update Following Councillor Briefing

    7 months ago

    10 May 2019

    Council staff presented a briefing to Councillors on Thursday, 9 May 2019 regarding the proposed Access Areas for Dogs Policy Review.

    The briefing highlighted the intention that the Community Group to be a focus group only and that there would be extensive consultation with the whole community via a number of avenues. It also outlined the process for the consultant and the Community Group establishment.

    A report will be submitted to Council's next Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 11 June 2019, for Council's consideration and to determine a way forward.

    For those interested in making a deputation to the Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 11 June - please visit Council's website for details.

    10 May 2019

    Council staff presented a briefing to Councillors on Thursday, 9 May 2019 regarding the proposed Access Areas for Dogs Policy Review.

    The briefing highlighted the intention that the Community Group to be a focus group only and that there would be extensive consultation with the whole community via a number of avenues. It also outlined the process for the consultant and the Community Group establishment.

    A report will be submitted to Council's next Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 11 June 2019, for Council's consideration and to determine a way forward.

    For those interested in making a deputation to the Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 11 June - please visit Council's website for details.

  • Matter Deferred to Councillor Briefing

    8 months ago
    15 April 2019

    Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee considered a report on the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Guidelines on Tuesday 9 April 2019. The report sought to commence with Engagement of Consultant, Allocation of Budget and Establishment of Community Reference Group.

    Council resolved that the matter be deferred, pending a Councillor Briefing (date to be determined shortly).

    The minutes of the meeting are available online.


    15 April 2019

    Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee considered a report on the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Guidelines on Tuesday 9 April 2019. The report sought to commence with Engagement of Consultant, Allocation of Budget and Establishment of Community Reference Group.

    Council resolved that the matter be deferred, pending a Councillor Briefing (date to be determined shortly).

    The minutes of the meeting are available online.


  • Preferred Consultant and Community Reference Group to be Reported to Council

    8 months ago
    8 April 2019

    Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee will consider a report on the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Guidelines on Tuesday 9 April 2019.

    The report seeks to engage the preferred consultant and formally commence the review and endorse the membership of the Community Reference Group.

    The business paper will be available from midday Friday 5 April 2019 at: www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/Council-meetings/Agendas-and-minutes

    8 April 2019

    Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee will consider a report on the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Guidelines on Tuesday 9 April 2019.

    The report seeks to engage the preferred consultant and formally commence the review and endorse the membership of the Community Reference Group.

    The business paper will be available from midday Friday 5 April 2019 at: www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/Council-meetings/Agendas-and-minutes
  • Community Reference Group - Calling for Expressions of Interest

    9 months ago

    1 March 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council is seeking a panel of interested community members who will play a vital role in the review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Guidelines.

    The group will work with Council staff and consultants and provide meaningful input and feedback on the operation and suitability of existing dog areas and signage, the potential for new dog areas, and more.

    If you are interested in being involved in a unique opportunity to make our public spaces safe and friendly for all, and are able to dedicate your time to attend workshops that are facilitated...

    1 March 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council is seeking a panel of interested community members who will play a vital role in the review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Guidelines.

    The group will work with Council staff and consultants and provide meaningful input and feedback on the operation and suitability of existing dog areas and signage, the potential for new dog areas, and more.

    If you are interested in being involved in a unique opportunity to make our public spaces safe and friendly for all, and are able to dedicate your time to attend workshops that are facilitated by consultants, this opportunity is for you.

    Expression of Interests are invited from 1 March up until 12:00pm, 15 March 2019.

    Complete the Expression of Interest Form

  • Council Resolution - Access Areas for Dogs Policy and Off-leash Dog Areas

    10 months ago

    11 December 2018

    It was resolved at Council's Strategy and Asset Committee Meeting on 16 October 2018 that Council:

    1. Bring forward the timing of the comprehensive review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy from 2020 to the first half of 2019.
    2. Have the policy review undertaken in consultation with Ranger Services as the enforcement body, and the broader community, and consider the process for new off-leash dog areas including site criteria and fencing arrangements.
    3. Seek quotations for the engagement of a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to facilitate the review, and a further report be presented...

    11 December 2018

    It was resolved at Council's Strategy and Asset Committee Meeting on 16 October 2018 that Council:

    1. Bring forward the timing of the comprehensive review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy from 2020 to the first half of 2019.
    2. Have the policy review undertaken in consultation with Ranger Services as the enforcement body, and the broader community, and consider the process for new off-leash dog areas including site criteria and fencing arrangements.
    3. Seek quotations for the engagement of a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to facilitate the review, and a further report be presented to Council recommending a preferred consultant and an identified funding source.
    4. Defer a decision in relation to an off-leash dog area in the Sussex Inlet District and at Greenwell Point, and signage, until the comprehensive review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy has been completed.

    View the meeting's minutes for further details (resolution from page 5).