Report to Council

28 June 2022

The draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposed dog off-leash areas at Palm Beach (north) and Mona Vale Beach (south) has been completed. A report has been prepared and will be presented at the Council meeting on Tuesday 28 June 2022.

View the Council report for the Proposed dog off-leash areas Palm Beach (north) and Mona Vale Beach (south) (Supplementary Agenda, Attachment 4, Item 11.2).

View the Community engagement report on the proposals (Supplementary Agenda, Attachment 3, Item 11.2).

The meeting will be held at Dee Why Civic Centre from 6pm.

Requests to speak at the Council Meeting can be made here by 12pm on the day of the meeting.

You can watch the live stream via the webcast from 6pm.

Project Update: March 2022

The environmental assessments for the proposed dog off-leash areas at Palm Beach (North) and Mona Vale Beach (south) are well progressed.

In light of the investigations undertaken to date, some amendments have been proposed. These are:

  • Reducing the eastern boundary to align with the boundaries of the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 map and Northern Beaches Local Government Area. This will reduce the complexity of the proposal by removing any boundary issues.
  • Modifying the proposed hours of use to avoid intensifying the recreational use of the area. It is proposed to change the hours from the original proposal of 4pm to 10am (seven days a week) to:
    • Australian Eastern Daylight Time: 5.30am to 10.00am and 5.00pm to 9.00pm, Monday to Sunday (seven days a week) and;
    • Australian Eastern Standard Time: 6.00am to 10.00am and 4.00pm to 7.00pm, Monday to Sunday (seven days a week).

A report was presented to Council on Tuesday 22 February 2022 recommending confirmation of the proposed amended trial parameters. The confirmation of these trial parameters will assist with the completion of the environmental assessments, following which the matter will be reported back to Council.

View the Council report
View the Council minutes

Project update: Nov 2021

Council has consolidated all the consultation feedback received from our community into the possibility of establishing dog off-leash areas at Palm Beach (north) and Mona Vale Beach (south). All relevant issues raised during the consultation will be considered during the next stages, noting that the feedback in general was overwhelmingly supportive.

In line with the Council resolution, environmental assessments are being undertaken in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and other relevant legislation. To assist with this, Council has engaged specialist environmental consultants and will also be working with relevant NSW Government agencies where required.

A draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is expected to be completed in February 2022. Further updates will be provided as this work progresses, prior to both the environmental assessments and outcomes of the consultation being reported back to Council.


Engagement history

We sought community feedback on proposed dog off-leash areas at Palm Beach (north) and Mona Vale Beach (south). We welcomed feedback on both locations.

We invited you to view the concept plans and read the information below to learn more about what we are proposing.

Check out the proposals we engaged on below, including the concept plans for the proposed dog off-leash areas.

Proposed dog off-leash area at Palm Beach (north)

The proposed concept plan for the Palm Beach (north) dog off-leash area is illustrated below.

We are proposing the following:

  • Trial area and boundaries:
    • Length of the proposed off-leash area is 400 metres.
    • Northern boundary - 280 metres south of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
    • Southern boundary - 300 metres north of the North Palm Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
    • Western boundary - the eastern edge of the dunes in Governor Phillip Park.
    • Eastern boundary - 130 metres east of the eastern edge of the dunes.
  • Specific pathways as shown on the concept plan.
  • Off-leash area times and days 4pm to 10am, 7 days a week (applies to specified pathways and the trial area on the beach).
  • 12-month trial (subject to approval).

Proposed dog off-leash area at ​Mona Vale Beach (south)

The proposed Mona Vale Beach (south) dog off-leash area is illustrated below.

We are proposing the following:

  • Trial area and boundaries:
    • The length of the off-leash area is 300 metres.
    • Northern boundary – 720 metres south of the Mona Vale Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
    • Southern boundary – 45 metres from the escarpment that separates Mona Vale Beach and Warriewood Beach.
    • Western boundary – the eastern edge of the dunes.
    • Eastern boundary – 120 metres east of the eastern edge of the dunes at the northern end and 50 metres east of the base of the cliff face at the southern end.
  • Specific pathways as shown on the concept plan.
  • Off-leash area times and days 4pm to 10am, 7 days a week (applies to specified pathways and the trial area on the beach).
  • 12-month trial (subject to approval).
Concept plan

Project history

At the Council meeting held on 28 July 2020, Council considered a Notice of Motion for the Activation of Beach Space for Dog Exercise.

Council resolved that a report be prepared on the feasibility of the establishment of dog off-leash areas – in a set area of north Palm Beach and southern most end of Mona Vale Beach.

An initial review of site constraints, approvals and likely environmental issues was undertaken and feedback was sought from relevant NSW State Government agencies and internal Council teams, including Environment and Climate Change.

Following these initial investigations, staff presented a report to Council at the meeting on 27 April 2021 identifying the areas at both Palm Beach (north) and Mona Vale Beach (south) as possibly suitable for dog off-leash areas.

Council resolved to seek community feedback on the proposals outlined in the report and undertake the necessary environmental assessments in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (and other relevant legislation) as part of this project.

Have an enquiry?

Please contact:

Name Damian Ham - Manager, Open Space & Recreation Planning
Phone 1300 434 434 (during business hours)
Email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
In writing

'Proposed dog off-leash areas', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.