What we know
Dog exercise areas are an important element of the urban environment.
With increasing housing densities, there is a growing need to ensure fur babies have areas to experience off leash excitement.
Being able to exercise and socialise with other dogs helps their physical and mental health and desensitises them to the sounds and smells of the busy environment surrounding them.
But, people exercising, families picnicking and community and sports events all bring differing opinions on the suitability of dogs interacting in these activities and spaces. In these spaces the safety of others and the dogs themselves depends on pooch owners being both responsible and respectful of good dog park etiquette.
Feedback received during a consultation in December 2021 - January 2022 on dog exercise areas, highlighted that due to the diversity of parks, reserves and their respective usage within each suburb, a "blanket approach" to dog exercise areas was not deemed acceptable.
Currently, all reserves across the City are considered to be dog exercise areas, unless listed as either restricted (dogs may only attend the location if on a lead) or Prohibited (no dog may enter even if they are on a lead). This has lead to significant and increasing concern across many of our suburbs with unrestrained dogs in public places and experiences of dog attacks on people or other dogs.
To address increasing issues with dogs on sports playing surfaces at Lilac Hill Park and the Ellenbrook District Open Space, we are proposing two new Dog Prohibited areas.
Have your say on this by referring to the below Proposed "Dog prohibited" area maps and completing the respective surveys. The survey period has been extended to close on Friday, December 15, 2023.