New Dog Leashing Requirements

Published 12th December 2023
Last night, Council made several resolutions that aim to balance pet owner enjoyment of our beaches against the need to conserve our vulnerable environment.

The City of Victor Harbor would like to sincerely thank the community for taking the time to submit feedback on the application of Council’s by-laws last month.

Over 200 surveys and 26 written submissions were received during the consultation period, plus more than 100 face-to-face conversations were had with Council staff. The detail and depth of many submissions demonstrated a clear interest in this body of work being undertaken by Council.

Council considered the feedback at its meeting on Monday, 11 December 2023 and made several resolutions:

  • To protect vegetation and wildlife, the Hindmarsh River Estuary sand dunes, Inman River Estuary sand dunes and Wright Island will become 24/7 on-lead areas
  • Hours for off-lead dog walking on beaches have been extended during daylight savings, meaning dogs can be walked off-lead from 6pm-10am
  • Other leashing requirements remain unchanged

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During the consultation process, it was clear that community members had a desire for signage and enforcement to be improved at local beaches. Subject to budget deliberations, Council will review its signage to make dog leashing requirements clear and concise, while also encouraging respectful enjoyment of our stunning open spaces.

For more information on the key findings of the consultation, please view the Community Engagement Summary. To keep up-to-date with opportunities to have your say, register your details at Council’s Your Say website.