Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy

Comments are invited on the draft Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy. The Strategy will guide the provision, improvement and management of dog off leash areas over the next 10 years. This includes the development of some strategically located fenced dog parks.

The Strategy is based on 5 themes including:

  • Dog Off Leash Provision
  • Fenced Dog Park Opportunities
  • Enhancing Existing Off Leash Areas
  • Managing Dogs in Public Places
  • Community Education and Information.

The Engagement Process

Council has consulted with key organisations, sporting groups and park committees, held drop in sessions at four existing off leash sites across the LGA, attended the Pups in the Park event and conducted an online survey.

A total 1,076 people completed the survey. Thanks for all your insights and feedback. You can read about the results in the Survey Report and survey snapshot.

Public exhibition period

The draft Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy is on public exhibition from Monday 28 May 2018 until Monday 27 August 2018 and is available for viewing in hard copy at:
  • The City Administration Centre, 282 King Street Newcastle
  • Newcastle City Library, 15 Laman Street Newcastle
  • Wallsend Library, 30 Bunn Street Wallsend.

The following document is available for comment

Please review this document before making your submission:

 Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy (pdf)

Supporting documents

The following documents provide an overview of the community engagement undertaken as part of the development of the strategy:

 Dogs in Open Spaces Survey Report (pdf)
 Survey result snapshot (pdf)


For further information please contact Susan Stewart, Facilities and Recreation Coordinator, on telephone 4974 2000.

How to provide your feedback

Feedback and submissions can be made by completing the online form below or make a written submission and send to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle City Council
Attn: Susan Stewart
PO Box 489

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