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Council passes changes to Council Order

5 January 2016

Yarra City Council introduced amendments to the Council Order pertaining to the Domestic Animals Act (1994) late last year, with the following changes now in effect in all Yarra parks and reserves:

  • Reduce from 30 metres to 10 metres the distance required for a dog to be "on" leash near:
    - an unfenced playgrounda barbeque or picnic facility 
    - a sporting oval which is being used for an organised sporting event, an authorised school event or other organised public event
    - any skate park or BMX facility
    - any other authorised event
  • Prohibit dogs from sporting ovals during organised sporting events (including training)
  • Commercial dog walkers must keep all dogs in their care on leash at all times except when in designated and fenced off-leash areas
  • Prohibit dogs from any mulched areas and Council garden beds
  • Dog "on lead" distance requirement around play and exercise equipment is also 10 metres

In addition, Rushall Reserve is now a designated "off lead" area.

These changes are key in overcoming confusion in the community and are important in managing liveability and public safety of our highly populated inner-urban areas. Council stresses the importance of responsible pet ownership and reminds owners to understand the needs of their dog and the wider community and the need to ensure a safer environment for all park users.

Community feedback was sought in October and November on Yarra City Council's proposed changes to the Council Order.

A list of designated dog off leash areas is available on the Dogs in Yarra webpage.

Further information

Stewart Martin
Manager Compliance
9205 5555

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