Access Areas for Dogs Policy

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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...

  • Narrawallee Dog Off Leash Trial

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    4 months ago
    The Dogs Off-Leash trial, which commenced at Narrawallee Beach at Christmas time 2019, was based on two objectives.

    Objective 1: Update Dog Off-Leash times to bring them into line with those on all other Shoalhaven beaches

    Objective 2: Put in place a Dog On-Leash access across the southern Dog Prohibited area, to provide access from the south of Surfers Avenue, to the Dog Off-Leash area on the main beach.

    The trial ends on 25 December 2020.

    The Dogs Off-Leash trial, which commenced at Narrawallee Beach at Christmas time 2019, was based on two objectives.

    Objective 1: Update Dog Off-Leash times to bring them into line with those on all other Shoalhaven beaches

    Objective 2: Put in place a Dog On-Leash access across the southern Dog Prohibited area, to provide access from the south of Surfers Avenue, to the Dog Off-Leash area on the main beach.

    The trial ends on 25 December 2020.
  • Dog On Leash Access - Narrawallee Beach

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    5 months ago
    At its 10 December meeting, Council resolved (MIN16050) to rescind MIN19.578 and approve plans to:
    1. Create a 10m wide Dog On-leash strip from the Surfers Avenue unformed beach access area (Shoalhaven Water access road), to the start of the Dog On-Leash area of Narrawallee Beach.
    2. Amend the existing Dog Off-leash guide diagram for Narrawallee Beach, to alter the Dog Prohibited area by redesignating a 10m wide strip between the Surfers Avenue unformed beach access and the Victor Avenue stairs to the north, as Dog On-leash. Install new signage at the northern and southern limits of the...

    At its 10 December meeting, Council resolved (MIN16050) to rescind MIN19.578 and approve plans to:
    1. Create a 10m wide Dog On-leash strip from the Surfers Avenue unformed beach access area (Shoalhaven Water access road), to the start of the Dog On-Leash area of Narrawallee Beach.
    2. Amend the existing Dog Off-leash guide diagram for Narrawallee Beach, to alter the Dog Prohibited area by redesignating a 10m wide strip between the Surfers Avenue unformed beach access and the Victor Avenue stairs to the north, as Dog On-leash. Install new signage at the northern and southern limits of the proposed Dog On-leash strip.
    3. Investigate the feasibility of an upgrade of the trial track west of the Dog Prohibited area of the beach, to allow dog owners to walk their dogs between the Surfers Avenue stairs and the Victor Avenue stairs to avoid walking across the Dog Prohibited area.
    4. Conduct the Dog Off-leash 12-month trial prior to Christmas, using the same times as those used in the 2015-16 trial (4pm-8am, 1 October – 30 April and 3pm-10am, 1 May – 30 September) consistent with other Dog Off-leash locations in the Shoalhaven.

    Council staff have now installed updated signs at all principal beach entry points to enable the
    trial to commence on Christmas Day. Supplementary signs will be installed in early January 2020.

  • Greenwell Point Dog On-leash Trial

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    5 months ago

    New Dog On-leash signs and pathway stencils, have been installed at Titania Park and Apex Park, Adelaide Street Reserve, Greenwell Point and will be trialled for a six-month period, ending 30 June 2020. The signs and stencils are located at reserve entry points including the fish shop in the south-east and Church Street in the north-west. Pathway stencils are also spaced at 100m intervals along the length of the reserve and adjacent to children’s play equipment. After the six months, feedback will be invited from the community and a full report given to Council.

    Additional signs have also been installed...


    New Dog On-leash signs and pathway stencils, have been installed at Titania Park and Apex Park, Adelaide Street Reserve, Greenwell Point and will be trialled for a six-month period, ending 30 June 2020. The signs and stencils are located at reserve entry points including the fish shop in the south-east and Church Street in the north-west. Pathway stencils are also spaced at 100m intervals along the length of the reserve and adjacent to children’s play equipment. After the six months, feedback will be invited from the community and a full report given to Council.

    Additional signs have also been installed at Paradise Point Park, Sanctuary Point, as well as along the Basin walking track to the west, following consultation with Sanctuary Point Community Pride.



  • Dog Off Leash Area – Thurgate Oval, Bomaderry

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    8 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

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    9 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

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    9 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

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    11 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

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    about 1 year 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

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    about 1 year 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

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    about 1 year 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.