To use these off-leash parks, you must:
- carry a leash at all times
- not allow your dog to worry or threaten any person or animal
- bring your dog under your control immediately if it threatens any person or animal
- keep your dog at least 30m away from in-use barbecues or picnic areas, public meetings or sporting events, including matches or organised training
- not allow your dog within a playground and keep it on a lead within 10m of the perimeter of a playground
- pick up after your dog and place it in a bin (you can be fined if you don't clean up after your pet).
The above is part of Section 26(2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which requires owners to keep their dogs under effective control.
Exception to off-leash areas
Certain dog breeds cannot be off-leash. For example:
- Restricted breeds and dangerous dogs must be muzzled and leashed when outside your home.
- Greyhounds must be on a leash even in off-leash areas and parks as per legal requirements for Greyhound owners.
For a fully-fenced area that allows open running for Greyhounds, visit Manningham Council Greyhound Slip Track
For the latest information, visit: Legal requirements for dog owners
Using a shared space
Everyone who uses a shared space is responsible for the safety of those around them. For example:
- Dog owners need to have their dog under effective control. See dog park rules and exception to off-leash areas
- Bike riders need to travel at a speed and in a manner that enables them to avoid people and animals.
- Pedestrians need to be mindful of activities around them.