New swimming areas for dogs this summer

Released 14/10/2019

The ACT Government has introduced new dog off-leash and swimming areas so our four-legged friends have a safe place to exercise and cool down during summer.

Minister for City Services, Chris Steel, said the introduction of these new areas was foreshadowed during the Canberra Dog Model released earlier this year.

"The community told us they wanted more off-leash areas for their dogs, particularly more swimming areas. We've listened and added more off-leash areas across the ACT, including in Gordon, Kambah, Farrer, Narrabundah, Charnwood and Bonner," Minister Steel said.

The new dog swimming areas cover south, central and north Canberra, including areas around:

  • Lake Tuggeranong, Greenway
  • Orana Bay, Yarralumla
  • Kurrajong Point beach, Weston Park, Yarralumla
  • Yerrabi Pond, Gungahlin
  • Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen
  • Diddams Close, Belconnen.

"Off-leash areas provide responsible pet owners more opportunities to walk and exercise their dogs.

"We know most dogs love to get in the water and with summer coming up we're really pleased to provide new designated areas for dogs to swim."

The changes will be updated on ACTmapi, a publicly available map online, to ensure the community is aware of and can easily access maps of our on and off-leash areas.

"These changes are an important part of the Canberra Dog Model, which outlines a vision for Canberra to be a leader in effective dog management through improvements in community safety, responsible dog ownership and animal welfare," Minister Steel said.

By having clearer rules on where dogs can and can't be off-leash we know the community will be empowered to make better decisions to manage their dogs safely.

"We are reminding Canberrans that all dog owners are required to have effective control of their dog. This applies to both on and off-leash areas, with on-the-spot fines of $250 and a maximum court ordered penalty of up to $2,400. Owners who let their dogs off-lead in an on-leash area may be fined."

The new maps will be available at ACTmapi

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