Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas Review

We are reviewing the adequacy of the existing Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas (UDEAs) within the Northern Beaches Council Local Government Area (LGA).

We are reviewing the adequacy of the existing Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas (UDEAs) within the Northern Beaches Council Local Government Area (LGA).

  • Outcomes of Community Engagement reported to Council

    about 2 months ago

    At a meeting on 8 August 2017, the outcomes of the community engagement undertaken in May and June on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas and the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area was reported to Council.

    Over the two month period, more than 130 people attended a community drop-in session, 894 submissions were completed and 4 petitions with a total of 712 signatories were received.

    View Community Engagement Report
    View Council Report (Item 7.4) - 8 August 2017
    View Attachment 2 - Map of Proposed Unleashed Dog Exercise Area, Avalon Beach Reserve
    View Attachment 3 - Map of the proposed timed restricted section of the Unleashed Dog Exercise Area, Lagoon Park, Queenscliff

    At the meeting, Council resolved that:

    A. Avalon Beach Reserve (north western section) is declared as an unleashed dog exercise area on a trial basis for 6 months and that a review of the trial be the subject of a future report to Council. Temporary fencing, signage and other requirements are to be installed and key stakeholders and nearby residents appropriately notified before implementation.

    B. Lagoon Reserve is retained as an unleashed dog exercise area and

    a) Restrictions apply, in the area from the western side of the playground to the eastern most part of the reserve, on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and public holidays as follows:
    • Friday 9pm to Sunday 9pm (on leash)
    • Night before public holiday from 9pm to 9pm on the last day of the public holiday/holidays (on leash)
    b)The timed restrictions are to be implemented following installation of signs and other required infrastructure and appropriate notification of key stakeholders and nearby residents

    c) A facility plan will be developed and implemented in response to operational issues raised during this community engagement including for signage. This plan is to be developed with key stakeholders and nearby residents.

    d) An audit and analysis of the use of Lagoon Reserve is undertaken in 2017/18 and the findings to be considered for relevant policies and the facility plan.
    e) Council’s education and advice initiatives which support responsible dog ownership have a focus on Lagoon Reserve in 2017/18.
    C. The Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Munnumba Reserve and South Creek Reserve
    are not supported as unleashed dog exercise areas.

    D. Community engagement is to be carried out with key stakeholders including the Manly Dogs
    and Pittwater Unleashed groups about upgrades to existing unleashed dog exercise areas and other initiatives to be undertaken in 2017/18.

    At a meeting on 8 August 2017, the outcomes of the community engagement undertaken in May and June on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas and the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area was reported to Council.

    Over the two month period, more than 130 people attended a community drop-in session, 894 submissions were completed and 4 petitions with a total of 712 signatories were received.

    View Community Engagement Report
    View Council Report (Item 7.4) - 8 August 2017
    View Attachment 2 - Map of Proposed Unleashed Dog Exercise Area, Avalon Beach Reserve
    View Attachment 3 - Map of the proposed timed restricted section of the Unleashed Dog Exercise Area, Lagoon Park, Queenscliff

    At the meeting, Council resolved that:

    A. Avalon Beach Reserve (north western section) is declared as an unleashed dog exercise area on a trial basis for 6 months and that a review of the trial be the subject of a future report to Council. Temporary fencing, signage and other requirements are to be installed and key stakeholders and nearby residents appropriately notified before implementation.

    B. Lagoon Reserve is retained as an unleashed dog exercise area and

    a) Restrictions apply, in the area from the western side of the playground to the eastern most part of the reserve, on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and public holidays as follows:
    • Friday 9pm to Sunday 9pm (on leash)
    • Night before public holiday from 9pm to 9pm on the last day of the public holiday/holidays (on leash)
    b)The timed restrictions are to be implemented following installation of signs and other required infrastructure and appropriate notification of key stakeholders and nearby residents

    c) A facility plan will be developed and implemented in response to operational issues raised during this community engagement including for signage. This plan is to be developed with key stakeholders and nearby residents.

    d) An audit and analysis of the use of Lagoon Reserve is undertaken in 2017/18 and the findings to be considered for relevant policies and the facility plan.
    e) Council’s education and advice initiatives which support responsible dog ownership have a focus on Lagoon Reserve in 2017/18.
    C. The Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Munnumba Reserve and South Creek Reserve
    are not supported as unleashed dog exercise areas.

    D. Community engagement is to be carried out with key stakeholders including the Manly Dogs
    and Pittwater Unleashed groups about upgrades to existing unleashed dog exercise areas and other initiatives to be undertaken in 2017/18.

  • Comments Closed

    3 months ago

    Thank you to all those people who gave feedback on the proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas or the feasibility of Manly Lagoon Reserve continuing to function as an unleashed dog area.

    Approximately 132 people turned up to a drop in session or community meeting, there were 2,900 visits to the Your Say page and 891 people completed submissions.

    Comments are now closed. Your feedback is being considered and a report will be prepared to go to Council within the next few months.

    Thank you to all those people who gave feedback on the proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas or the feasibility of Manly Lagoon Reserve continuing to function as an unleashed dog area.

    Approximately 132 people turned up to a drop in session or community meeting, there were 2,900 visits to the Your Say page and 891 people completed submissions.

    Comments are now closed. Your feedback is being considered and a report will be prepared to go to Council within the next few months.

  • Community Meetings

    4 months ago

    In response to community feedback, we are holding two community meetings (previously advertised as drop ins) to provide more information about the project and to answer questions

    • Avalon Recreation Centre – 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd. Avalon (Room 1 Ground Floor)
      Tuesday 13 June 5-7pm
    • Northern Beaches Council Office, Dee Why - Flannel Flower Room – (Ground Floor)
      Wednesday 14 June 5-7pm
    Come along and talk with the Project Team

    In response to community feedback, we are holding two community meetings (previously advertised as drop ins) to provide more information about the project and to answer questions

    • Avalon Recreation Centre – 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd. Avalon (Room 1 Ground Floor)
      Tuesday 13 June 5-7pm
    • Northern Beaches Council Office, Dee Why - Flannel Flower Room – (Ground Floor)
      Wednesday 14 June 5-7pm
    Come along and talk with the Project Team
  • How to get involved

    4 months ago

    We are seeking your feedback on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas:

    1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
    2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road. and west of the drainage canal
    3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
    4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road Wheeler Heights
    The selection of these sites was based on factors including distribution of existing areas and availability of appropriate open space. For example the Avalon site provides a second area north of Bilgola Bends.

    We are also seeking your feedback about the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area. This matter has been raised by residents living nearby.

    View the Site Map - Lagoon Reserve Queenscliff

    Have your Say

    • Complete the Feedback Form
    • In writing marked "Unleashed Dog Exercise Area" to Northern Beaches Council 725 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099

    or come along to a drop-in onsite at one of the parks

    Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road and west of the drainage canal
    Saturday 3 June, 8.30-10.00am

    Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
    Saturday 3 June 11am-12.30pm

    Lagoon Reserve Queenscliff, Cameron Ave Queenscliff
    Tuesday 6 June 6-7.30pm at the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club cnr of North Steyne and Collingwood St, Manly and
    Saturday 10 June 2.45-4.30pm onsite Lagoon Reserve Queenscliff

    Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
    Saturday 10 June 8.30-10am

    South Creek Reserve South Creek Road. Wheeler Heights
    Saturday 10 June 11am -12.30pm

    For further information, contact Allison Cooper, Open Space Planning and Management on 9942 2545

    Comments close on Wednesday 21 June 2017

    We are seeking your feedback on the four proposed new unleashed dog exercise areas:

    1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
    2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road. and west of the drainage canal
    3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
    4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road Wheeler Heights
    The selection of these sites was based on factors including distribution of existing areas and availability of appropriate open space. For example the Avalon site provides a second area north of Bilgola Bends.

    We are also seeking your feedback about the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff to continue functioning as an unleashed dog exercise area. This matter has been raised by residents living nearby.

    View the Site Map - Lagoon Reserve Queenscliff

    Have your Say

    • Complete the Feedback Form
    • In writing marked "Unleashed Dog Exercise Area" to Northern Beaches Council 725 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099

    or come along to a drop-in onsite at one of the parks

    Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road and west of the drainage canal
    Saturday 3 June, 8.30-10.00am

    Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade Warriewood
    Saturday 3 June 11am-12.30pm

    Lagoon Reserve Queenscliff, Cameron Ave Queenscliff
    Tuesday 6 June 6-7.30pm at the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club cnr of North Steyne and Collingwood St, Manly and
    Saturday 10 June 2.45-4.30pm onsite Lagoon Reserve Queenscliff

    Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue Belrose
    Saturday 10 June 8.30-10am

    South Creek Reserve South Creek Road. Wheeler Heights
    Saturday 10 June 11am -12.30pm

    For further information, contact Allison Cooper, Open Space Planning and Management on 9942 2545

    Comments close on Wednesday 21 June 2017

  • Report on the Review of Unleashed Dog Exercise Areas

    4 months ago

    At the Council meeting held 28 March 2017, the review was presented on the adequacy of existing unleashed dog exercise areas (UDEAs) on the Northern Beaches.

    View the Council Report (Item 8.6)

    The review undertaken for the report involved:

    • Background research including; literature review, statistical analysis of Council data, comparison with other local government areas and internal consultation.
    • Auditing Council’s existing unleashed dog exercise areas.
    • Interviews with key user groups including Manly Dogs, Manly and District Dog Obedience and Training, Pittwater Unleashed and some sports groups that use sports fields that are also unleashed dog exercise areas.
    • Analysis of the background research, audit and interviews.

    At the meeting, Council resolved to:

    • Approve increased funding for capital and management improvements to UDEAs across the LGA.
    • Approve the preparation of an integrated policy for UDEAs and dog management across the LGA.
    • Endorse the development and implementation of dog education and training programs by Council.
    • Review the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve at Queenscliff to function as a UDEA and engage with the community with a view to possibly rescinding the declaration or introducing restricted hours of usage as used in some other of council’s UDEAs.
    • Begin a public consultation process with a view to having the following reserves declared as UDEAs:

    1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade, Warriewood
    2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road and west of the drainage canal
    3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue, Belrose
    4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road, Wheeler Heights

    View the resolution (Item 8.6) 28 March 2017

    At the Council meeting held 28 March 2017, the review was presented on the adequacy of existing unleashed dog exercise areas (UDEAs) on the Northern Beaches.

    View the Council Report (Item 8.6)

    The review undertaken for the report involved:

    • Background research including; literature review, statistical analysis of Council data, comparison with other local government areas and internal consultation.
    • Auditing Council’s existing unleashed dog exercise areas.
    • Interviews with key user groups including Manly Dogs, Manly and District Dog Obedience and Training, Pittwater Unleashed and some sports groups that use sports fields that are also unleashed dog exercise areas.
    • Analysis of the background research, audit and interviews.

    At the meeting, Council resolved to:

    • Approve increased funding for capital and management improvements to UDEAs across the LGA.
    • Approve the preparation of an integrated policy for UDEAs and dog management across the LGA.
    • Endorse the development and implementation of dog education and training programs by Council.
    • Review the adequacy of Lagoon Reserve at Queenscliff to function as a UDEA and engage with the community with a view to possibly rescinding the declaration or introducing restricted hours of usage as used in some other of council’s UDEAs.
    • Begin a public consultation process with a view to having the following reserves declared as UDEAs:

    1. Warriewood Valley Detention Basin, Prosperity Parade, Warriewood
    2. Avalon Beach Reserve Avalon, adjacent to Central Road and west of the drainage canal
    3. Munnumba Reserve, Munnumba Avenue, Belrose
    4. South Creek Reserve, South Creek Road, Wheeler Heights

    View the resolution (Item 8.6) 28 March 2017

  • Background

    5 months ago

    In response to community concerns, Council resolved at its meeting held 9 August 2016 to conduct a review of the adequacy of current off leash dog areas (UDEAs), and present the results back to Council.

    View Council Minutes (Item 4)

    In response to community concerns, Council resolved at its meeting held 9 August 2016 to conduct a review of the adequacy of current off leash dog areas (UDEAs), and present the results back to Council.

    View Council Minutes (Item 4)