During a sporting event or training session, dogs within 20 metres of the event or training session will need to be on a lead and are not allowed on the playing surface. These restrictions will only apply when the event is taking place to minimise disruption to the participants. If scheduled events are cancelled or don’t go ahead for any other reason, then these restrictions would no longer apply for that scheduled time and the event / training space would revert back to an off-lead area.
These actions have been proposed to provide a better balance for users of our public spaces, in particular areas that are off-lead and are also utilised by sporting clubs.
To help dog owners plan their walks and avoid times when these spaces are not available, we publish scheduled events and games on our website: https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/explore-the-city/sport-and-fitness/sporting-reserves-and-grounds.
You will find signs on sportsgrounds, parks and reserves with QR codes that lead to the schedules on our website as well.
We understand and appreciate that many of our sporting ovals are well-used spaces and that most dogs are well controlled around sporting events. We hope that these changes will minimise the chances of dogs running through and interrupting games and reduce any potential tension between sporting groups and dog owners.