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Dogs in Lane Cove

What's Next

Council recently invited the community to participate in an online survey to help guide the drafting of a Dog-Friendly Strategy for Lane Cove. The results of the survey as well as feedback from drop-in sessions at Kingsford Smith Oval and Blackman Park are to be assessed and the results and a draft strategy will be reported to a future Council meeting.

Background 

A Council report, commissioned in 2007, has guided Council to date on the provisions for off-leash areas within the Council area and recommendations made in that report have been implemented. Since then however, Lane Cove’s population has increased and there has been a consequent increase in the demand for open space by all users of our parks and reserves. There have also been recent conflicts on shared sportsfields with off-leash areas.  

The Lane Cove Council area currently has more than 6,600 registered dogs. There are currently 19 off-leash dog areas in Lane Cove, totaling approximately 104,685 sqm. This includes two fully fenced purpose designed dog parks, six sports fields used as off-leash dog areas (when they are not booked for sports) and 11 smaller parks with off-leash areas. This equates to approximately 2,078 people per off-leash facility. By comparison, City of Ryde Council has 9,804 people per facility and Willoughby City Council has 6,180 people per off-leash facility.  

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Download the names and locations of the off-leash areas.

In 2020 Council resolved to prepare a Dog-Friendly Lane Cove Strategy. The aim is to provide a strategic approach to the future provision of Dog-Friendly spaces within the Lane Cove Council area. The Strategy will also provide an opportunity to better inform residents of future planning for facilities, special events, latest information about dog registration and procedures for reporting dangerous dogs.

Have Your Say 

Council recently invited the community to participate in an online survey to help guide the drafting of a Dog-Friendly Strategy for Lane Cove.

The survey was open for the community to complete from Thursday 25 February to Sunday 28 March 2021.

Drop-in sessions

Council hosted drop-in sessions during March at three different off-leash dog areas. Across the two hours in each location staff helped to raise awareness of the survey and provide the opportunity to make suggestions on what could be included in the Strategy.