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Finding the balance - rules for dogs in parks, reserves and on beaches

We're looking to balance the needs of all users of our open spaces and give dog owners flexibility to find the open spaces that best suit their dog’s needs.

In February and March 2022 we asked you to provide your ideas and feedback to help us get the balance right and determine which open public areas should be on-leash, off-leash or dog prohibited.

We held 23 pop-up community engagements at 14 locations across PAE, emailed 8672 registered dog owners in PAE and collected your thoughts through an online survey and interactive map.

The engagement was open to anyone who uses or visits our wonderful open spaces – not just residents and/or dog owners.

Your feedback is important to us and was used to inform Council’s final decision on on-leash and off-leash areas within PAE. This feedback was considered alongside City of PAE organisational knowledge, experience and expertise around the management and appropriate use of community open spaces . Consideration included community need and benefits, surrounding amenities and infrastructure, and protection of our natural environment.

Using your feedback, what's changing

Reserves – Changes from 1 December 2022

Based on consultation results and staff experience in animal management, we will be making some changes to create more flexibility for dog owners and people attending our public reserves. We believe these changes will allow more freedom for everyone to use both on-leash and off-leash public reserves all year round, while also providing safe areas for families and children.

Beaches

Following the announcement of the new rules for dogs on beaches, Council received feedback that not all registered dog owners had received an email about the consultation as intended.

Council rescinded aspects of the Council Decision relating to dog leash rules along beaches, subject to further community engagement at a special Council meeting on 30 August 2022. Minutes outlining the decision from the meeting are available in the Key documents on this page.

Council also resolved that

  • the entire foreshore is a ‘Dog On-leash Area’ between the hours of 10.00am and 8.00pm, on any day during the period of daylight savings.
  • A report be presented to Council in December 2022 outlining a plan for further community engagement, including proposed options, on leashing laws for dogs on the foreshore.

Next steps

Due to the caretaker period commencing on 6 September 2022, City of PAE staff will prepare a report outlining the proposed community engagement plan for dogs on the beach including the scope of engagement with both dog owners and non-dog owners to be presented to the Council meeting on 13 December 2022.

Further engagement will occur with the community around dog on-leash and off-leash rules along our beaches and foreshore reserves during 2023.

Public Consultation Policy

All submissions will be treated as public documents upon receipt. Individuals will not be identified publicly without permission.

Closing the loop

The City of PAE will make efforts to 'close-the-loop' with project contributors and followers. We may occasionally send information to acknowledge a contribution, provide key updates on engagement and project processes and outcomes.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Phone - 08 8405 6600

Email - consultation@cityofpae.sa.gov.au

Website - www.cityofpae.sa.gov.au


Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement Policy

Note name and address are required to comply with Council’s Public Consultation Policy. All submissions will be treated as public documents upon receipt.

Individuals will not be identified publicly without permission.

Closing the loop, we will make efforts to 'close-the-loop' with project contributors and followers. We may occasionally send information to acknowledge a contribution, provide key updates on engagement and project processes and outcomes.

Acknowledgement of Country

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield would like to acknowledge that these projects and engagements are taking place on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the continued relationship that Aboriginal people have with Country, culture and beliefs. We further acknowledge the important contributions that Aboriginal people continue to play within our shared community.