Fenced Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


Moved by Councillor Forster, seconded by Councillor Chung -

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         taking pets outdoors to a dog-friendly space is important, especially in inner-city areas with high-density dwellings where dogs do not as have much space to exercise;

(ii)        regular off-leash training and exercise in designated off-leash parks helps dogs relieve boredom and release pent-up energy and may also reduce unwanted behaviour such as excessive barking;

(iii)      outdoor exercise also benefits pet owners and builds a sense of community by bringing people together in dog friendly parks;

(iv)      the City of Sydney has a large number of off-leash parks located throughout the local government area, however there are no fenced off-leash dog exercise areas;

(v)       neighbouring local government areas including Inner West, Burwood and Canterbury-Bankstown, have several popular designated fenced off-leash dog exercise areas; and

(vi)      fenced off-leash dog exercise areas provide a safe environment for not only dogs, but other park users including families with small children;

(B)      the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i)         investigate the installation of a fenced off-leash dog exercise area located in an appropriate location within the local government area as soon as practicable; and

(ii)        consult with the community over the next 12 months about the possibility of the installation of additional fenced off-leash dog exercise areas in locations with the greatest demand.

The motion was lost on the following show of hands –

Ayes (2)          Councillors Chung and Forster

Noes (8)          The Chair (the Lord Mayor), Councillors Kok, Miller, Phelps, Scott, Scully, Thalis and Vithoulkas.

Motion lost.


Report author: Erin Cashman

Publication date: 09/08/2021

Date of decision: 09/08/2021

Decided at meeting: 09/08/2021 - Council

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