Why is Council reviewing dog off-leash areas?

    A report was prepared for Council in 2011 to formalise the dog off-leash areas in the City of Glen Eira. This report gave consideration to Council’s limited open space, and identified sites appropriate for multi-purpose use as dog off-leash areas. There are currently 25 designated off-leash reserves where dogs can be exercised off-leash whilst under the effective control of their owner or handler.

    Since 2011, Glen Eira’s human and dog populations have increased and the use of some parks and reserves has changed. However, in response to this, the only new addition to dog off-leash areas was the recent inclusion of ‘Pawfield Park’ located on Crown Land at Caulfield Racecourse. 

    What are the proposed changes to dog off-leash areas within Glen Eira?

    It is proposed that the existing dog off-leash areas within Glen Eira will remain unchanged. We have identified some locations where opportunities exist to increase dog off-leash areas. We are seeking your feedback to determine whether we formally identify these areas as dog off-leash.

    Locations include: Bentleigh - Halley Park; Bentleigh East - Mackie Road Reserve, Marlborough Reserve; Carnegie - Rosanna Street Reserve; Caulfield East - Glen Huntly Park; Caulfield South - Princes Park; McKinnon - Wattle Grove Reserve; Ormond - EE Gunn Reserve.

    How do I learn more about dog off-leash areas?

    All information relating to dog ownership and dog walking opportunities can be found on our website at https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/services/pets-and-animals/dog-walking-and-off-leash-areas

    Greyhounds - why can't they be off-leash?

    We recognise that greyhounds can be just as loving and friendly as any other breed of dog. However, it is State Government regulation that all greyhounds must be leashed within public spaces, this rule is not just specific to Glen Eira, but to the whole of Victoria.

    For more information regarding greyhounds in public places, please visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/greyhounds

    How can I have my say about dogs in parks?

    The easiest way to provide feedback is via our survey in this forum. As required, we may also host some in park consultation sessions during September 2019.

    For further information or for any additional questions, please call the Recreation and Open Space team on 9524 3333 or email recservices@gleneira.vic.gov.au