Following a December 2021 - February 2022 consultation, a report was presented to Council to be discussed at the April Council Meeting.

The outcome of the meeting can be found here and are as follows:

1. THAT the Wire Mill Park off-leash dog park operating hours be set as follows:

    • 7.00 - 9.00am everyday
    • 5.00 - 7.00pm everyday

2. THAT Council allocate $63,700 from within the FY21/22 Open Space Planning operational budget to fund the delivery of off-leash dog improvements in Wire Mill Park.

3. THAT a report be prepared and submitted for review by Council after twelve months, providing an update on the functioning of the time restricted off-leash dog operations within Wire Mill Park.


Permanent signage is currently being prepared for the park that outlines the above, and we are investigating possible infrastructure improvements to the park including bins, trees, a shelter and water fountain. We will keep the community updated as these plans progress.

Background

2019

In December 2019, Council adopted a Dogs in Public Places Strategy. This strategy acknowledges the wide range of user groups that utilise our open spaces and the need to cater for everyone. It includes an objective for households to be within 800 metres of a dog exercise area and identifies how requests for additional dog parks will be considered.

2021

A petition was presented to Council in early 2021 requesting an off-leash dog exercise area be established at Wire Mill Park in Chiswick.

Initial consultation

In response to this request, we asked the community to share their views so that Council could understand the community's sentiment before making any decisions regarding the future of the space. This consultation took place from 12 April - 5 May 2021. Click here to view the consultation report.

The results from this community consultation were presented to Council in July 2021, where Council recommended the following:

1. THAT a trial off-leash dog area be established within Wire Mill Park for a period of two months, with further consultation to be undertaken with the community through this process.

2. THAT a report be brought back to Council on the outcomes of the trial off-leash dog area by December 2021.

Due to the postponement of the 2021 Local Government elections, it was later decided that this trial would take place over summer from December 2021 to February 2022, allowing the trial to take place in day-light savings time.

2022

Trial

From December 2021 - February 2022, we trialled an off-leash area in this space to gather further feedback. We continued the conversation with local residents and users of the park. Click here to view the consultation report.

At the 15 March 2022 Council meeting, Council resolved the following:

1. THAT Council support in principle the off-leash area in Wire Mill Park.

2. THAT Council staff produce a report with proposed times in consultation with both parties for designated off-leash for the next month’s Council Meeting.

3. THAT a report be prepared and submitted to Council on possible improvements to facilities within Wire Mill Park to assist in moving gatherings of dog owners and dogs away from the apartments.

4. THAT a report be prepared and submitted to Council on potential safety improvements to Lysaght Park dog off-leash area.

5. THAT a report be prepared and submitted to Council on education and enforcement initiatives to encourage responsible dog ownership, including details on dog ownership growth rates.

Designated times consultation

We conducted a final round of consultation regarding designated off-leash times for the park and presented the findings to Council at the April 2022 meeting. Click here to view the consultation report.

The outcome of this consultation can be found at the top of this page.

Trial details


In April 2021 we consulted the community about the possibility of establishing an off-leash dog exercise area in a portion of Wire Mill Park, Chiswick. Feedback from the community was mixed and we are now trialling an off-leash area in this space to gather further feedback before a decision is made.

The trial ran from 8 December 2021 – 23 February 2022. The outcomes were presented to Council at the March 2022 meeting.

March 2022 Council meeting outcome

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the off-leash area trial. While the trial has now finished, we are reaching out to community to gain more feedback on the latest proposal.

At the 15 March 2022 Council meeting, Council resolved the following:

1. THAT Council support in principle the off-leash area in Wire Mill Park.

2. THAT Council staff produce a report with proposed times in consultation with both parties for designated off-leash for the next month’s Council Meeting.

3. THAT a report be prepared and submitted to Council on possible improvements to facilities within Wire Mill Park to assist in moving gatherings of dog owners and dogs away from the apartments.

4. THAT a report be prepared and submitted to Council on potential safety improvements to Lysaght Park dog off-leash area.

5. THAT a report be prepared and submitted to Council on education and enforcement initiatives to encourage responsible dog ownership, including details on dog ownership growth rates.

Since then we have met with representatives from both communities, those who were in support and those that were against the establishment of a dog off-leash area in a section of Wire Mill Park. We have discussed solutions as part of a process to gain agreement across the community that use Wire Mill Park.

We are proposing a timed dog off-leash arrangement similar to other time restricted off-leash areas across the city and we would like your feedback.

We are also planning to make improvements at the proposed Wire Mill Park off-leash trial area in the following ways and as shown on the interactive map below:

    • Fence and gate repairs at entry to Fig Tree Reserve
    • Park furniture such as a picnic shelter area toward Fig Tree Reserve
    • Drinking fountain
    • Additional dog bin
    • Signage - to remind park users of responsible dog ownership and keeping noise to a minimum. These signs will allow for both education and enforcement
    • Tree planting for additional natural shade

These improvements are subject to site conditions, and every effort will be made to see these implemented.

A report will be presented back to Council on 19 April 2022 for the these and the remaining Council recommendations.

Please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback on the information below by 5pm Sunday, 10 April 2022.

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Wire Mill Park proposed dog off leash area