Comments closed

Reviewing your feedback

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. For further details, we encouraged you to read the Council report and Council minutes.

You could have your say by:

  • completing the comment form(s) below
    • Please note there are two separate comments forms, one for the Palm Beach (north) proposal and one for the Mona Vale (south) proposal.
  • emailing us at council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to us marked 'Proposed dog off-leash areas', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655.

A report about the community’s feedback along with environmental and any other assessments will then be presented to Council for consideration.

Comments closed Sunday 6 June 2021.

Check out the proposals we engaged on

Click on the tabs below to view the information, including the concept plan for the proposed dog off-leash areas. There is one tab for the Palm Beach (north) proposal and another tab for the Mona Vale (south) proposal.

We are still reviewing feedback on these proposals.

Palm Beach (north)

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).

Comment form now closed – proposed Palm Beach (north) dog off-leash area

​Mona Vale Beach (south)

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

Comment form now closed – proposed Mona Vale Beach (south) dog off-leash area

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.