Relaxation of dog off-leash restrictions

Principal Petitioner Michael Bothe, Bardon
Date Closed Tue, 31 Oct 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 13 signatures

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Residents draw Brisbane City Council's attention to the issue of dogs in the local park at 148 Empress Terrace, Bardon. A number of residents, especially the elderly, in the immediate vicinity of the park used to take their dog for a quick morning and/or afternoon run. This was also a good chance for a brief local get together which forms an important part of a close-knit neighbourhood. In the past there has never been an issue as to dogs being a nuisance and dog litter was always picked up. A recent Council clamp down has put a stop to all this and the park is now deserted of any activity. Dog owners, again we are talking some elderly and frail, are now forced to either stay at home or take the dog for a walk around the block. Social interaction among neighbours has subsequently stopped.

I therefore request that Council relax the on-leash laws at this local park so the park can serve its purpose of being a place for people to meet. It goes without saying that owners will always be responsible for their dogs behaviour and litter.

Council response

I refer to your petition requesting that Council relax the dog on-leash laws at Sceptre Row Park at 148 Empress Terrace, Bardon.

Your petition has been investigated and it was considered by Council at its meeting held on 20 March 2018. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the information below.

Council regulates the keeping of animals under the Animals Local Law 2003 (the Local Law) and the Animals Subordinate Local Law 2003. Under the Local Law, it is a requirement for the keeper of a dog to ensure the dog is under effective control.

The Local Law also requires that in order to be under effective control, a dog must be on a leash or chain unless the dog is in an off-leash area. These requirements achieve the objectives of the Local Law by protecting the community against risk of injury or damage from animals and minimising nuisance.

The matter has also been forwarded to Councillor Peter Matic, Councillor for Paddington Ward, to explore other options for dog owners in the area.

Thank you for taking time to contact Council with your concerns.