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Northern Beaches Council has moved to better balance the exercise needs of dog owners with the interests of the broader community, after community consultation and Council review.
Avalon Beach Reserve (north-western section) will become an off leash dog exercise area on a six month trial and Lagoon Reserve at Manly will be retained as an off-leash exercise area subject to new weekend restrictions.
Previously all former Councils had adopted zero tolerance policies for dogs on beaches.
At Lagoon Reserve, Manly, timed restrictions apply in the area from the western side of the playground to the eastern most part of the reserve, on weekends and public holidays as follows:
Council has also allocated $400,000 over four years to upgrade dog exercise areas across the Northern Beaches.
The majority of submissions received were supportive of more and improved unleashed dog exercise areas and to retain Lagoon Reserve as an unleashed dog exercise area. However some residents living nearby to the existing unleashed dog exercise area at Lagoon Reserve were not supportive of retaining this area due to the impact of the noise on their amenity, and this was taken into consideration.
Council recognises both the benefits of unleashed dog exercise areas to community well-being and the importance of managing impacts on the amenity of nearby residents and other park users.
Council will continue to support, promote and reinforce responsible pet ownership in a positive way through education and information including on-site activities.