Review of Dogs in Parks - Elliott Park and Balmain Cove

Council is reviewing the policy for dogs in Elliott Park and Balmain Cove. The community is invited to have input into the review.

Dog ownership is increasing in the inner west. There are currently 4,116 dogs living in Balmain and Rozelle (Source: NSW Companion Animals Register, March 2017). Dog ownership has many benefits for human health including improved mental health and physical health.

The right balance is needed between the provision of areas to exercise dogs off leash and the needs of other park users. Currently the closest off leash area is in Bridgewater Park. Council is keen to hear from the community as to whether off leash dogs should be permitted in areas of Elliott Park and Balmain Cove.


Background information

Read the reports to Council about the review

Review areas

The areas to be reviewed are outlined in bold. Click on the map to make it bigger.

  • Elliott Park is a small neighbourhood park which is currently designated as on leash. The park provides space for passive and informal recreation.
  • Balmain Cove lies to the east of Balmain Shores and is currently designated as an on leash area. The open space is maintained to a high standard through an agreement between Council and the strata body of the Balmain Cove residential apartments.


Have your say

  • Online in the survey below or
  • Request a paper survey on 9392 5634 or email aaron.callaghan@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


Next steps

The survey closed on Sunday 4 February 2018 and the results were included in a report to Council. This was considered at a Council meeting on 8 May 2018 to determine any changes to the policy for dogs in Elliott Park and Balmain Cove. Updates to this project are printed in the news feed below.

Council is reviewing the policy for dogs in Elliott Park and Balmain Cove. The community is invited to have input into the review.

Dog ownership is increasing in the inner west. There are currently 4,116 dogs living in Balmain and Rozelle (Source: NSW Companion Animals Register, March 2017). Dog ownership has many benefits for human health including improved mental health and physical health.

The right balance is needed between the provision of areas to exercise dogs off leash and the needs of other park users. Currently the closest off leash area is in Bridgewater Park. Council is keen to hear from the community as to whether off leash dogs should be permitted in areas of Elliott Park and Balmain Cove.


Background information

Read the reports to Council about the review

Review areas

The areas to be reviewed are outlined in bold. Click on the map to make it bigger.

  • Elliott Park is a small neighbourhood park which is currently designated as on leash. The park provides space for passive and informal recreation.
  • Balmain Cove lies to the east of Balmain Shores and is currently designated as an on leash area. The open space is maintained to a high standard through an agreement between Council and the strata body of the Balmain Cove residential apartments.


Have your say

  • Online in the survey below or
  • Request a paper survey on 9392 5634 or email aaron.callaghan@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


Next steps

The survey closed on Sunday 4 February 2018 and the results were included in a report to Council. This was considered at a Council meeting on 8 May 2018 to determine any changes to the policy for dogs in Elliott Park and Balmain Cove. Updates to this project are printed in the news feed below.

  • Council approves six month off-leash trial

    2 months ago

    At its meeting on 8 May 2018 Council considered a report which included community feedback gathered during December 2017 and January 2018. It resolved to start a six month off-leash trial on 1 June 2018. It also resolved that an assessment of the safety and accessibility of neighbouring townhouses, adjacent to Elliott Park be undertaken during the trial. Read the resolution here.

    At its meeting on 8 May 2018 Council considered a report which included community feedback gathered during December 2017 and January 2018. It resolved to start a six month off-leash trial on 1 June 2018. It also resolved that an assessment of the safety and accessibility of neighbouring townhouses, adjacent to Elliott Park be undertaken during the trial. Read the resolution here.