Exercising Your Pet

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Dog Park Etiquette

Like people, Dogs need regular exercise for health and well-being. Taking your dog for regular walks or a run at one of our off-leash parks for exercise and socialization may reduce unwanted behaviour such as barking or digging which can be caused by boredom or excessive energy.

Please be mindful that not all dogs are suited to an off-leash area. Some dogs can become overwhelmed by the other dogs and their activities, leading to fear or aggression.

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Prohibited Areas for Companion Animals

Cats

Cats can freely roam in public places. However, for the health and safety of our community and environment, there are a few areas that cats are prohibited from, including:

  • Food consumption areas
  • Wildlife protected areas

As cats are natural hunters, we encourage cat owners to keep their cats inside or in an outdoor enclosure to protect wildlife and to prevent them from roaming into areas where they are not allowed.

You can also protect wildlife by putting a bell on your cat's collar, providing enrichment and desexing.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome to enjoy most public spaces. However, for the health and safety of our community, environment, and the protection of children, there are a few areas that dogs are prohibited from including:

  • Food consumption areas
  • Wildlife protected areas
  • Schools
  • Children’s playgrounds

When out and about with your dog, make yourself familiar with the prohibited areas and be sure to check signage when entering somewhere new.

Fines may apply if your dog is found in a prohibited area. 

 

For more information Contact Council's Customer Service Team 02 4654 7777 or Online