Why are more dog off-leash parks being proposed?

    Dog ownership and dog registrations have increased in the Wollongong area. We have been told by the community that off-leash parks are  something they want more of. Council wants to ensure that there are opportunities for the community  to enjoy  recreation  with their dogs.

    What locations are proposed for additional dog off-leash areas?

    We are asking the community to consider  three parks for dog off-leash spaces. The proposed sites are:

    ·Bellambi Oval, Bott Drive Bellambi

    ·JJ Kelly Park, Wollongong (Timed access)

    ·  Reed Park, Dapto

    What type of dog activity equipment will be provided in off-leash parks?

    There is a wide range of equipment available for dog recreation areas. We are asking the community  to let us know what they would like us to consider  installing.

    How many dogs are there in our city?

    There are 49,729 microchipped dogs in  the local government area. There are many unregistered dogs too.

    How many off-leash areas currently exist?

    Council has 15 off-leash areas. These  areas include 5 parks and 10 beaches where dogs can be off-leash at all times. 

    Where are the current off-leash parks?

    ·Proud Park, Helensburgh

    ·Figtree Oval, Figtree

    ·Riley Park, Unanderra

    ·King George V Park, Port Kembla

    ·Eleebana Reserve, Koonawarra

    Where are the dog friendly beaches?

    We have ten Orange zones and ten Green zones Orange - On-leash and limited hours - Bulli, Coalcliff, Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Fisherman’s, Scarborough, Thirroul, Towradgi, Woonona.

    Green - Off-leash and 24 hours - Coniston, East Corrimal, Little Austinmer, McCauley’s, MM, Perkins beach, Puckey’s, Sandon Point, Sharkey’s,

    Orange and Green - Bellambi, Stanwell Park.

    What does the orange zone mean?

    The orange zone means that dogs are prohibited on that beach, unless they are on a lead before 9am and after 4pm (Winter) and 6pm (Summer).

    Where can I find out more about the dog off-leash locations in my area?

    You can go to Council’s website which will give you a list of all  parks and beaches where dogs are allowed and the regulations  in place for each site.

    Why are we reviewing the Dogs on Beaches and in Parks Policy?

    Council resolved to review this policy every 3 years as part of its scheduled review cycle. It’s time to  look at it again to ensure that it is relevant to Council and the community.

    How can I have a say?

    The way to provide your feedback  is to  complete  the survey available on Council's website. The survey is also available in Council libraries and at some  veterinary surgeries and outlets that provide for dogs.

    Council officers will be available to answer your questions at Viva La Gong on Saturday 10 November from 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm at MacCabe Park, Wollongong.

    Phone : 4227 7111

    Email : engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

    Web : www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au

    How will my feedback be used?

    Feedback received from the community will be reported to Council for their consideration. All comments received will be considered and used to inform the Policy review,  Off-leash park selection and provision of future dog activity equipment.