Feedback needed on dog-friendly spaces


Shellharbour Council is asking for community feedback on the city’s dog friendly spaces.


The city has more than 27,000 registered dogs and a population of just over 70,000 people, making dog owners a key user group of our open spaces.


Council provides several dog friendly spaces for dogs and owners to spend quality time together and to facilitate opportunities for socialisation and exercise.


The term ‘dog friendly spaces’ refers to dog on-leash areas, dog off-leash areas and dog agility parks. In addition to two dog agility parks, Council also has four off leash areas throughout the LGA.


This is one of the many community engagement opportunities to develop a strategy for the future provision and management of dog friendly spaces. Further investigation and planning will be required to identify any additional future dog friendly spaces.


Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said Shellharbour residents loved their dogs and that they were the best people to help with plans for existing and future dog friendly spaces.


“We want to ensure a best-practice approach to management and planning for dogs in public spaces. We need to consider issues surrounding planning, community, regulatory and environmental perspectives.


“There are no plans to make any changes at this stage but all reserves are subject to regular maintenance schedules. Community feedback may assist in any future embellishments and improvements to these spaces,” Cr Saliba said.


The survey is open until Friday 27 April 2018. The survey and further information can be accessed via the following links:


Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.