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Dogs on Beaches and Parks

Council has adopted a new Dogs on Beaches and Parks Policy on 28 September 2010 that includes three types of dog access zones these being green, orange and red. The green areas are off-leash, the orange areas are time share access areas and the red areas are dog prohibited (banned) areas.

Please refer to the attached Dogs on Beaches and Parks brochure for maps and the detailed zones or refer to the attached 'Dogs on Beaches and Parks' Policy for the policy adopted by Council. 

 

 

Dogs on Beaches and Parks Zones

 

  • Green Zone - Off-Leash  

            Dogs allowed off-leash at any time.

  • Orange Zone – On-Leash Timed Access

Time sharing zone allowing access on the beach on-leash in summer before 9am and after 6pm, and in winter before 9am and after 4pm. Summer is between the September school holidays and ANZAC day (in line with lifeguard and SLSC patrols), and winter is the remainder of the year.

  • Red Zone - Dogs Prohibited

No access by dogs at any time. 

 

Beach

 

 

Category

 

Stanwell park

Small section green remainder orange

Coalcliff

Orange

Scarborough

Orange

Coledale

Red

Sharkeys Coledale

Green

Little Austinmer

Green

Austinmer

Red

Thirroul

Orange

MCauley’s Thirroul

Green

Sandon Point

Orange

Bulli

Orange

Woonona

Orange

Bellambi

Orange

East Corrimal

Green

Corrimal

Orange

Towradgi

Orange

Fairy Meadow

Orange

Puckeys Fairy Meadow

Green

North Wollongong

Red

Wollongong Harbour

Red

Wollongong City

Red

Coniston

Green

MM - Port Kembla

Green

Fisherman’s

Orange

Port Kembla

Red

Perkins

Extended green

Windang

Red

 

 

Parks

 

Helensburgh - Proud Park

Green

Figtree - Figtree Oval

Green

Unanderra - Riley Park

Green

Port Kembla - King George IV Park

Green

Koonawarra – Elebana Crescent

Green

Rules for Off-Leash Areas

Off-leash areas have been provided as a facility for enjoyment by the community. To improve conditions for users of off-leash areas, Council has included rules of use which can be seen on signage at each off-leash area.

All dogs within the designated off-leash area must be supervised by a person. The person in charge of any dog within this area MUST:

  1. Be a competent person 16 years of age or over.
  2. Be able to control the dog (by voice command or other means).
  3. Carry a bag suitable for dog faeces.
  4. Remove and place dog faeces in a suitable bag and dispose in an appropriate rubbish bin.
  5. Not allow restricted breeds, or dogs declared as dangerous, to use this off-leash area.
  6. Not allow dogs suffering from contagious disease, skin irritation or parasitic infection to use this area.

Note: The owner of the dog is legally responsible if the dog attacks a person or animal.

As well as educating users about expectations, the rules signage is enforceable under the Local Government Act where users act contrary to the signage.

 

Aggressive Dogs and Enforcement 

 

Please contact Council on (02) 4227 7111 should an attack occur in a public place, including an off-leash area. Please provide as much information as possible. Council will investigate and take the appropriate enforcement action. However, any injury or damage as a result of an attack will involve that person taking legal action against the owner of the offending dog through the Court process.

All areas are randomly patrolled by Council Rangers and penalties for offences apply, including offences relating to un-microchipped or unregistered dogs. Penalties range from $165 to $1760.

 

Zones

 

Green Zone: Off-Leash

This zone allows dogs off-leash at all times.

It’s important to note that walkway access, carpark and adjoining parks and reserves are not part of the off-leash area. Dogs must be kept on leash and under effective control at all times until reaching the designated off-leash area.

 

Orange Zone: Timed Access

The orange zone is a time sharing zone allowing access on the beach on leash in summer before 9am and after 6pm, and in winter before 9am and after 4pm. Summer is defined as being from September school holidays to ANZAC Day, and winter is the remainder of the year. The orange zone includes all beaches not designated as off-leash (green) or banned areas (red).

 

Red Zone: Prohibited

The red zone is an area where dogs are prohibited at all times due to sites having sensitive environmental fauna and flora factors, high human population areas or for heritage reasons.

All rock pools, rock platforms and ocean pools are red zones.

 

Faeces Management 

There is a legal responsibility to immediately pick up after your dog. Each off-leash area will have sufficient bins and dispensers, and bike tracks adjoining orange zones will also be provided with bins and dispensers.

Please utilise these facilities to avoid any unnecessary fines and prevent nuisance to others using public areas.

 

Other Public Places Including Parks, Sportsfields and Kiosk/cafes 

The Companion Animals Act 1998 requires all dogs to be under effective control by cord, chain or leash while in a public place. Signage is not required to enforce this provision as it is NSW State legislation applying throughout the State. Therefore, unless otherwise stated, all public road reserves, park areas and streets allow access for dogs but they must be controlled on leash. ‘No dogs allowed’ signage is used in the restricted areas. Dog owners at kiosks and cafes located in public spaces must also ensure that their dog is under effective control at all times.

 

Wildlife 

Protect our endangered and vulnerable wildlife. Should you see one of the birds below please control your dog to ensure their preservation in Wollongong.

 

The Little Tern

Sterna albifrons, is an Endangered Species that breeds along the NSW coast from September to May. This small bird, less than 25cm long, makes its nest with a scrape in the sand in low dunes or on sandy beaches just above high tide mark, and feeds in shallow water of channels and estuaries, and in the surf on beaches. 

 

 

 

The Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus, is an endangered bird species that forages for food on the rock platform or on the beach after a storm amongst the seaweed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus longirostris, is a Vulnerable Species and is a large black and white wading bird up to 50cm in length with a distinctive orange/red beak and eyes. It feeds on sandy beaches, mud and rock platforms at low tide, for molluscs, worms, crabs and small fish.

 

 

 

 

Pet Registrations

For information about how to register your pet,  the cost and how to find your pet if it is lost or taken to the pound view our Your Pet page.

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