Council receives submissions for off-lead dog areas

BALLARAT City Council has received 18 submissions in response to the proposed changes to off-lead dog areas, with the majority supporting the change to designated off-lead areas throughout the municipality. 

Currently there are regulations where dogs can be off-leash, but the change calls for dogs to be on-leash in all areas apart those proposed to be off-lead. 

Council is calling for feedback through its reviewing process of designated off-lead areas throughout the city, with the proposed change that dogs must be on a lead throughout the municipality other than areas the council declares to be off-lead. 

In the central ward, the proposed off-lead areas are Victoria Park in the area south of Mullock Heap between Cedar Avenue and Pine Avenue and the area north of the soccer fields between Caretaker Avenue and Cedar Avenue, as well as Gregory Street Reserve in Soldiers Hill and the north corner of the Black Hill Lookout Reserve. 

The proposed areas for Ballarat’s north ward include Charles Edward Brown Reserve in the north-west corner, Pioneer Park Wendouree and Cuthberts Road Reserve in Alfredton. 

The proposed areas for the south ward include Birdwood Park in Buninyong and MR Power Reserve in Sebastopol. 

The change does not modify groups and association activities that have specific permitted use agreements with Ballarat City Council, which may include off-lead activities only during specified training and competitions. 

Submissions to the council for the proposed changes are open until April 25 and can be made online at or by post to Compliance Unit, City of Ballarat, PO Box 523, Ballarat, VIC, 3353.