To ensure the comfort, safety and health of the whole community the Companion Animals Act places certain responsibilities on all pet owners:
‘A dog that is in a public place must be under the effective control of some competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person.
Council has recently been working on solutions in response to community concerns regarding Victoria and Volunteer Park. These concerns have largely involved dogs being off the leash and faeces left on fields.
Additional signage is being installed at Victoria Park reminding the community that this is a No Dogs Off Leash area. In addition to the Companion Animals Act, Council has an adopted Plan of Management for Victoria Park which states: ‘Domestic pets may use the land, provided that they are under the control of a responsible person at all time, and do not cause a loss of amenity to other users of the land. Dogs must be leashed.’
At Volunteer Park playing field Council is installing No Dogs signs. This park is not an Off Leash Area and, as the field itself provides no through path, it is unlikely to be used by people with their dogs on a leash.
Both Victoria Park and Volunteer Park are in reasonable proximity to Karoola Park, which contains an Off Leash Area and Dog Agility Park.
Council encourages dog owners to use this area and thanks the community for their cooperation.