Access Areas for Dogs Policy

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Have your say on future dog friendly areas in Shoalhaven Heads before the Quick Poll closes on 31 August.

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

Have your say on future dog friendly areas in Shoalhaven Heads before the Quick Poll closes on 31 August.

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...

  • Thank you for your input. This survey is now closed.

    Council staff have engaged with the Shoalhaven Heads Community Forum to review the off-leash Dog areas in the 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.  

    Survey opens 31 July, survey closes 31 August. 

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  • Thank you for your input. This quick poll is now closed.

    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.

    Thank you for your input. This Quick Poll closed on Friday 3 July 2020.

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  • CLOSED: Expression of Interests for the Community Reference Group have closed.

    Shoalhaven City Council is commencing a comprehensive review of the Access Areas for Dogs Policy and the associated Guidelines. These documents provide important information on the location and use requirements of the off-leash dog areas in Shoalhaven.

    Council is seeking a panel of interested community members who will play a vital role in the review of the 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.

    Expressions of Interest must be received by 12pm, 15 March 2019.

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