Trial to proceed after the preliminary tasks have been completed

At the Council meeting held on 27 August 2019, Council resolved to:

A. Conduct a dog off-leash area trial at Station Beach, Palm Beach for 12 months as outlined in the agenda report.

B. Delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer to enter into a licence agreement with the Department of Industry, Lands and Water for the trial.

C. Declare Station Beach an off-leash area, for the purpose of a trial, under section 13(6) of the Companion Animals Act 1998 subject to the granting of a licence with the Department of Industry, Lands and Water.

D. Investigate other beach locations prior to appointing a permanent dog off-leash area at Station Beach.

View the minutes of the 27 August 2019 Council meeting, see item 13.2.

A range of tasks need to be completed prior to commencement of the trial including obtaining a licence for the off-leash area from the Department of Industry, Lands and Water.

The trial is planned to start by December 2019.

Previous project updates

We have completed a report regarding the Station Beach Dog Off-Leash Area Proposed Trial. The report will be presented to the Council on 27 August for their consideration.

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Council Report

Attachment Booklet 4

Council commissioned Cardno (NSW/ACT) to prepare a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposed dog off-leash area trial at Station Beach. The REF has been completed and assesses the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed trial.

View the Review of Environmental Factors 2019

How to provide feedback:

  • Complete the submission form
  • In writing - marked 'Station Beach Dog Off Leash Area - Proposed Trial' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655

Submissions close 3pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

If you would like more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Team on 1300 434 434.

The Review of Environmental Factors will be available shortly for viewing and community comment.

The submission period for this project has now closed. We thank you for your feedback and will update this page as the project progresses.

The submission period for this project is closing soon.

Don't forget to have your say:

  • Online
  • In writing - marked "Station Beach Trial Dog Off Leash Area” to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655
Comments are closing on Thursday 28 February 2019

ou are welcome to come join the discussion at Council's second drop-in session to discuss the trial.

  • Saturday 1 December 2018, 2.30 - 4:30 pm
  • Palm Beach Golf Club, 2 Beach Road, Palm Beach

In response to a community request the Review of Environmental Factors Station Beach (2008) report has been added to the document library to provide further information on Station Beach.

In addition, the FAQs have been updated clarifying comments from the NSW Department of Industry and their letters of correspondence have been replaced with a summary.

There are several ways that you can have your say on whether or not Council should conduct a trial:

  • Online
  • In writing - marked "Station Beach Trial Dog Off Leash Area” to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly, NSW 1655
  • In person - come along and talk to the Parks & Recreation team at one of the following sessions.

Session 1

  • Palm Beach Golf Club, 2 Beach Road, Palm Beach
    Thursday 29 November 2018, 6 - 8 pm
Session 2
  • Palm Beach Golf Club, 2 Beach Road, Palm Beach
    Saturday 1 December 2018, 2.30 - 4:30 pm

If you would like more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Team on 1300 434 434.

We are seeking your feedback about whether or not to trial a dog off leash area at Station Beach.

Local residents and community groups have over many years advocated for our community to be able to access and enjoy foreshore areas with their dogs.

Over the years, several preferred areas have been identified, including Station Beach. With a growing population, and an increasing number of families with dogs, the need to make provision for off-leash recreation has increased over the years since Careel Bay was closed

Council resolved at its meeting held 26 June 2018 to undertake consultation for a potential trial dog off leash area at Station Beach, Palm Beach.

The proposed trial would be for 12 months and located in a specified section of the beach.

View the map of the proposed trial area

Council proposes a trial arrangement that would allow families with dogs to share a section of Station Beach at specified times of day. The usage remains unchanged through the popular part of the day, but mornings and late afternoons would see the space also opened-up to families with dogs.

Proposed times of operation:

  • 4:00pm – 10:30am, 7 days a week during Australian Eastern Standard Time
  • 5:30pm – 10:30am, Monday to Friday during Australian Eastern Daylight Time (summer)

Environmental monitoring would be undertaken and community feedback collected during the trial (should it proceed).