All dogs, leashed and unleashed, are allowed at C.Y. O’Connor and Jervoise Bay beaches.
Since 21 October 2020, the City has not designated a section of its coastline purely for the use of on-lead dogs. This follows Cockburn Council’s adoption of the Animal Management and Exercise Plan 2020-2025 which aims to manage the need for spaces for dogs and their owners to recreate safely in the City.
All dogs are prohibited at Woodman Point beach between Ammunition Jetty heading south around the Woodman Point headland to where the permitted off-leash dog beach starts at Jervoise Bay.
This overturned a 2016 Council decision that deemed Woodman Point beach an on-leash dog area.
Council decided to close the beach to all dogs due to their ongoing impact on the Woodman Point nesting site of the vulnerable Fairy Tern population and 37 other shorebirds, including migratory species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has notified the City that it does not support any section of Woodman Point being accessible to dogs, in line with the Woodman Point Regional Management Plan (WPRMP).
The WPRMP outlines the need to effectively manage domesticated pets and predatory animals endangering the conservation value of Woodman Point by excluding dogs (except guide dogs) from the nature reserve, headland and beaches adjoining the Park
Exploring dog on-lead beach opportunities in Cockburn
The City is working with the community to explore other on-lead dog beach opportunities in Cockburn.
The Council has endorsed an investigation into four potential options for an on-lead dog beach and the community will have a say on these options during public consultation in coming months.
A report of the consultation’s findings will be presented to Council by December this year for further consideration.
What are the options?
- Designate 200m of Chelydra Point beach (currently dog prohibited) and up to 400m of C.Y. O’Connor dog beach area (currently dog off-leash) as an on-leash dog beach. In this option the remaining 1.2km portion of the C.Y. O’Connor dog beach would remain as a dog off-leash exercise area.
- Designate up to 400m of the southern end of C.Y. O’Connor dog beach area (currently dog off-leash) as an on-leash dog beach.
- Designate the Jervoise Bay dog beach as an on-leash beach during certain times of the day. This proposal allows a dedicated time for dogs to be on-lead and the remainder of the time for dogs to exercise off-lead.
- Do not implement a dog on-leash beach at any of the City’s coastal locations. This option provides no change to the current provision of dog exercise areas or dog on-leash areas along the City’s coast.
How can I participate in community consultation?
The City will embark on this consultation via its Comment on Cockburn
website in coming months. Sign up to the website and keep an eye on the City’s communications channels to have your say during the comment period.