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Kingsford Smith Oval

Over several years Council has had an ongoing issue with a number of regular dog incidents involving the public, Council staff and sporting club users at Kingsford Smith Oval.

Kingsford Smith Oval plays host to third and fourth grade cricket in the second highest level of club cricket in Sydney and last year was voted by the players in the competition as the third best ground in Sydney. A fulltime groundskeeper is required at the oval, to provide a turf wicket for this level of competition. Over the years there has been a steady increase in dog related incidents at the oval and Council needs to provide a safe working environment for its staff.

At the March 2020 Council meeting it was resolved to trial opening and closing the gates daily during staff work hours. The trial commenced on 19 October 2020 and it was found that there was a reduction in dog related incidents. Council is keen to ensure that there is further improvement in user behaviour in order to provide a safe workplace for Council staff.

Following the trial, at the December 2020 Council Meeting, Council resolved to:

  • Continue the opening and closing of the gates at Kingsford Smith Oval utilising Council staff during the staff work hours, 6:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday;

  • Continue using the flag system at Kingsford Smith Oval for both entire oval bookings, cricket net bookings and selected maintenance works;

  • Undertake further community education in relation to the arrangements at Kingsford Smith Oval, the reasons for them and encouraging further improvement in user behaviour

  • If dog related incidents continue to occur (including verbal abuse towards Council staff), then Kingsford Smith Oval will be designated an on-leash area during the staff working hours.

    For more information and to read the Council report, please visit Council’s website and click on the December Agenda. You can also view the Meeting Minutes on the same webpage. 

    Flag system 

    ​A coloured-flag system was implemented at Kingsford Smith Oval in March to help dog owners know when their dogs are allowed off-leash, on-leash or not allowed on the oval at all. The flags will be displayed depending on the use of the oval and reflects the implementation of the Companion Animals Act 1998.

    • No flag = off-leash

    • Yellow flag = on-leash

    • Red flag = not allowed on the oval at all

    For more information, please visit see the Frequently Asked Questions.

    Did you know you can check the availability of Council’s facilities including indoor venues, sports grounds and parks and reserves on the Council website?

    To do so, simply follow these steps:

    1. Visit the Facilities webpage;

    2. Under the Availability bullet point, select Library, Indoor Venues, Sports Grounds or Parks and Reserves;

    3. The calendar will highlight whether the facility is available. Busy times are blocked out in red.