Changes to designated dog exercise areas

Dog owners will have a wider range of opportunities for exercising their pets following changes to designated Dog Exercise Areas by Council recently and coming into effect on December 1.

The changes have also taken into account community concern around dogs entering playgrounds and barbecue areas with controls introduced to improve safety.

Dog exercise areas were previously reviewed and updated more than six years ago prompting Shire of Dardanup staff to re-investigate and offer Council recommendations for changes.

CEO André Schönfeldt said the aim of the changes was to provide more flexibility to the owners of more than 2,700 dogs registered within the shire on when they could exercise their pets – recognising the need for greater flexibility to accommodate people like shift workers.

The changes provided more opportunities to exercise dogs off lead and introduced a new off-lead exercise area around the outside of Glen Huon Oval with restricted hours to cater for sporting groups and school use.

New signs will be erected to remind dog owners to keep their dogs on lead near playgrounds and barbecues. Dogs will also be prohibited from the planned new fenced possum sanctuary at Leicester Reserve.

Dog owners are also reminded that dogs off lead should still be under their effective control and responsive to voice commands.

In addition, Mr Schönfeldt said an online consultation would be launched by the end of October to receive community input on design and location considerations of a proposed new Fenced Dog Exercise Area.

For details on new designated dog exercise areas, please visit this page of our website