Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty in Animals
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Victorian Declared Dog Register
PROPOSED DOGS IN PUBLIC PLACES POLICY OUTLINE 2013 – 2017
As part of Council’s on going role and responsibility to implement effective domestic animal management strategies in accordance with its 2013-2017 Domestic Animal Management Plan, Council has revised its Dogs in Public Policy Outline.
This Policy Outline will guide the community with respect to understanding the dog control rules and conditions that apply in open public spaces to ensure community safety, environment protection and fair and equitable access to such spaces for all users.
Based on community feedback of both dog owners and non-owners, it is recognised that a range of controls are required to represent the needs of all public space users who have a mix of on leash and off leash opportunities for them and their dogs.
The Policy Outline will be complimented by area maps that clearly outline the dog control rules that apply for that location or site.
In general, the municipality is declared an ‘On Leash - Controlled’ area except for all of those areas, public spaces and reserves that are specifically designated as ‘Off Leash – Supervised’ (dog friendly parks) where dogs are permitted to be effectively supervised off leash.
The following outlines the content of the policy.
Off Leash ‘Supervised’ Areas
Dogs are allowed off leash and supervised in specific designated public open space areas and/or any area as indicated by the relevant signage. This includes, amongst other public open spaces;
Those paths located on the Fyansford Common and the shared path on the northern side of the Barwon River upstream from the Queens Park Bridge to Fyansford Common including Zillah Crawcour Park);
Sporting grounds/ovals (playing area) outside times when being used for organised sports, including training (as defined by a formal booking with council)
Sporting complexes/reserves – outside times when being used for organised sports, including training (as defined by a formal booking with council)
A range of Reserves as listed in the attachment to this policy
A range of broad open space parks as listed in the attachment to this Policy and as per Map 2.
Council will review the effectiveness of these ‘Off Leash – supervised’ areas on an ongoing basis and will also consider any request for new ‘Off Leash – Supervised’ areas to be established based on the following criteria, which will ensure safety, and equitable access to such spaces. These include:
Linear open public spaces (i.e. green corridors, easements) may be considered if there is sufficient width to ensure safe use and passage
Public open spaces that do not contain a playground or where the playground is fully enclosed/fenced. Open public spaces with centrally located playgrounds are not suitable as an off leash (supervised) area
Public open spaces that is located at a safe distance from busy roads
Any other public open space not mentioned above that is not adjoining/adjacent a water body and that no wildlife is present