Have your say on our leash laws

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The City of Charles Sturt is seeking community feedback to determine if there is a need for changes to our existing leash laws in two of our highest public use spaces - the River Torrens Linear Park and the footpath section of Coast Park between Marlborough Street and Grange Road, Henley Beach.

Leash laws in the City of Charles Sturt

Our dog leash laws exist to help everyone in our community feel safe and comfortable in sharing our public spaces. While we recognise that most dogs are friendly and dog owners responsible, not all members of our community share the same comfort around dogs and likewise not all dogs enjoy the company of other dogs or people. As such we want to hear from you to ensure our current leash laws and any proposed changes are current and relevant to our community and reflect the way our spaces are used.

Definitions of ‘Dog on lead’ and ‘Dog off lead’ spaces (Dog and Cat Management Act (SA) 1995).

  • Dog on Lead: In these spaces, the person in control of the dog must be holding the dog on a lead or the dog must be tied to an immovable object. The lead must be no more than 2 metres in length. This applies to all leads, regardless of whether they can extend past 2 metres or not.
  • Dog off Lead: In these spaces, the person in control of the dog can have the dog on lead or off lead. Any dog that if off lead must be under effective control: within sight and close by, and under voice control (this includes the ability to call your dog away from another person or dog sharing this space with you).

We invite your feedback

We encourage you to have your say if you use these areas (this includes dog owners, non-dog owners, people who live in the Charles Sturt Council area or visitors). We also understand that there are wide-ranging views on the topic of dogs on and off lead.

To have your say, you can:

Dani Scuteri

Project Officer, Public Health and Safety

City of Charles Sturt

PO Box 1

Woodville SA 5011


This consultation closes at 5pm, Monday 28 October 2019.

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