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Draft Dog-Friendly Strategy

Council is keen to hear about your experiences and preferences when it comes to dogs in Lane Cove so that we can develop a Dog-Friendly Strategy.

You are invited to participate in an online survey which will help guide the drafting of this strategy. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open to dog owners, non-dog owners and dog-owners-to-be.

The results of the survey will help Council to prepare the Dog-Friendly Lane Cove Strategy to help address the needs of the community.


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 

Please complete the online survey which takes around 10 minutes to complete. Through this process it is important that Council hears from all users of open space in the Lane Cove Council area, including dog owners and non-dog owners.

The survey runs from Thursday 25 February to Sunday 28 March 2021 after which time the results will be collated and used to inform the development of the strategy.

Your responses are anonymous – if you would like to be kept informed of the development of the Draft Strategy please complete the final step of the survey which takes you to a new page to enter your email.

Drop-in sessions

Council will also be dropping in three different off-leash dog areas during March. Across the two hours in each location staff will help to raise awareness of the survey and provide the opportunity to make suggestions on what could be included in the Strategy. This page will be updated with the exact times during the first week of March. 

Tuesday 16 March: Blackman Park Dog Park (Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West)

Wednesday 17 March: Kingsford Smith Oval (Kenneth Street, Longueville)

Saturday 20 March: Pottery Green Oval (Little Street, Lane Cove)