Dogs in Public Spaces

Submissions closed on 22 March 2024, 05:00 PM


Council is developing a Companion Animals Management Plan, which includes a Dog Friendly Spaces Strategy. 

The Dog Friendly Spaces Strategy is intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • Balancing Needs: strike a balance between the needs of dog owners and the broader community for accessible and safe public spaces.
  • Equitable Distribution: identify gaps in off-leash dog areas and ensure fair distribution across the local government area.
  • Future Planning: planning for off-leash areas in alignment with anticipated population growth and trends in dog ownership.

Community consultation update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Dogs in Public Spaces Survey. We received an overwhelming 527 responses and two submissions. 

Next steps 

1. Analysis and drafting of strategy
The information you provided will be analysed to inform the Draft Dog Friendly Spaces Strategy.

2. Council consideration 
Draft strategy will be reported to the Council for consideration.

3. Public exhibition 
Draft strategy will go on formal public exhibition for 28 days, providing you with another chance to have your say.

4. Consideration feedback
Any feedback received during the exhibition period will be considered and incorporate where relevant.

5. Council endorsement
Final strategy will go to Council for endorsement, including a report outlining how feedback received during the consultation phases shaped the final Dog Friendly Spaces Strategy. 

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