We're exploring a new off-leash dog area in Lambton
We know that the people of Newcastle are passionate about their dogs and want places for their dogs to safely run free. Since adopting the Dogs in Open Spaces Plan (DOSP) in 2019, City of Newcastle created a large fenced off‑leash dog park at Acacia Avenue and we now want to know what you think about us providing a smaller area in Lambton.
When the DOSP was adopted, Council requested that further community engagement on fenced off-leash areas at Lambton Park be carried out, and that alternative locations within the area be considered. We are also looking at creating new fenced off-leash dog parks as identified in the DOSP and these include several other suburbs such as Adamstown, Maryland, Carrington and Mayfield.
Take our survey
We are now seeking your feedback on locations for a small scale off-leash dog area in Lambton. Two possible locations are Armstrong Park (Option A) or the western corner of Lambton Park (Option B). You may wish to also suggest another park within Lambton for us to investigate.
Provide your views by taking our survey between Thursday 25 June to 5pm Thursday 6 August 2020.
Click the link to take our short survey
You can also submit your views via email or mail.
By mail: Chief Executive Officer | Attention: Recreation Planning Coordinator, City Wide Services, City of Newcastle PO Box 489 Newcastle NSW 2300
Subject: 'Lambton - Off-leash Dog Area' in the title for emailed and posted feedback.
Note: Writing a submission is one way of sharing your views and opinions with Council. All submissions are considered before making a decision and your submission may be included in a report to Council. If you wish to have information in your submission suppressed, you will need to request this in writing.
All parks are assessed against the following DOSP site suitability criteria:
- Profile and Access - The site should be central to the population, accessible to vehicles and pedestrians and be easily seen and known by the community. However, dogs off leash may not be appropriate at high profile sites (due to potential impacts on the site character or other uses).
- Size - The area available for fenced dogs off-leash must be at least 0.5ha in size and the whole site should be at least double this size to allow for other uses, support infrastructure and landscaping.
- Character Suitability - The site must be public open space with an open reserve or park character. The site must not be a sports ground or a natural area.
- Impacts on People - Potential impacts on residents and other reserve users must be minimal, including no risk to children and adults playing sport, walking and cycling, using a play space or pursuing other recreation activities.
- Impacts on Site Character - There should be minimal impact on the visual appeal, landscape and function of the reserve due to the dedication of an off leash area or the inclusion of a fenced dog park. This includes ensuring any potential future enhancements to a reserve for recreation, sport or linear connections are not affected by a dog off leash area.
- Impacts on Natural Environment - Sensitive natural environments should not be impacted on. This includes site with high biodiversity and environmentally sensitive natural watercourses, wetlands and coastal vegetation, endangered ecological communities and threatened species habitat.