New winter off leash dog areas agreed to

Policy and Resource Committee endorse extended winter times for off leash dog access

Shoalhaven City Council’s Policy and Resource Committee has endorsed the extended winter times for off leash dog access at a number of existing timed sites throughout the City.


The recommendation follows Council’s extended dog off leash winter time trial conducted between 3pm – 10am daily on three selected beaches (Culburra Beach, Nelsons Beach and Huskisson Beach).


To coincide with the winter trial, Council also ran a survey on the organisation’s website and called for submissions asking local residents to have their say regarding off leash areas.


Mayor, Joanna Gash said the feedback from the local community following the winter time trial had been extremely positive saying the trial had proven very successful with local residents.


“Council chose to conduct a trial extension of off leash hours at three local beaches during winter given the area’s beaches are less used during this period,” said Clr Gash.


“It was very pleasing to see the off leash areas were more utilised throughout the winter time trial period.


“Further to this, Council received a host of feedback through both the online survey and submission process with the majority of respondents in favour of the extended off leash times.”


“Given the high usage and feedback from the community, Council’s Policy and Resources Committee has moved the extended winter times for off leash dog access.”


The Mayor said the Committee has also recommended Council endorse changes to signage throughout the area to provide clearer signage and to reflect a winter time extension, subject to budget constraints.


Off leash restricted time areas that will be affected by the proposed time changes includes –


  • Jerry Bailey Oval
  • Culburra Beach
  • Currarong Beach
  • Callala Beach
  • Nelsons Beach
  • Swan Lake
  • Mollymook – Grassed area of Mitchell Parade reserve.


The recommendation was made under the delegated authority of Council during tonight’s meeting.

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