Where can I take my dog?

Dogs must be on-lead in all areas unless signage states otherwise. This includes most public places, unless it is an area where all dogs are prohibited.

Dogs at the beach 

What beaches can dogs access?

Dogs can access the following beaches off-leash:
  • C. Y. O’Connor Beach north of South Fremantle Power Station to the Catherine Point groyne
  • Jervoise Bay dog beach facing south to the Henderson shipbuilding area, accessible via Jervoise Bay Cove road.

What beaches are prohibited to dogs?

The following areas are the only four public places in the City of Cockburn that are prohibited to all dogs.
  • Woodman Point between Ammunition Jetty and south around the point to Jervoise Bay dog beach
  • Coogee Beach and its associated reserve on Powell Road
  • Ngarkal Beach at Port Coogee Marina
  • Chelydra Beach between the northern end of Port Coogee and South Fremantle Power Station.
Dogs on-leash are allowed in all other public places in the City.
Dogs beaches - more information
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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
 

Related Documents

Document name Downloadable files
Cockburn dog beaches access map PDF document

Off-lead dog exercise areas

The City has a number of off-lead dog exercise areas (see the map below). If you are using an off-lead dog exercise area, make sure your dog is under control at all times to prevent conflict with other dogs or people. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure the dog collar is worn and a lead is available. 

New off-leash dog exercise areas

Several large public opens spaces are being trialled as off-leash areas, when not in use by recognised sporting groups or by schools.

  • Phase one reserves (as of 21 October 2020): Allendale Park, Aubin Grove Reserve, Beeliar Reserve, Colorado Park, Goodchild Reserve and Santich Park
  • Phase two reserves (mid-2021): Enright Reserve, Len Packham Reserve and Success Reserve
  • Phase three reserves: other specified reserves.

You can view all of the off-lead and enclosed dog exercise areas in Cockburn on the map below. Zoom in to see more details and click on an icon to read more about the parks details, or click on the black arrow to search for a specific park by name.

The map is equipped with accessibility features including in-map voice and accessible colour choice. If you would like to access these features, please make sure they are switched on before conducting your search.

Using our enclosed dog parks

Enclosed dog parks

The City currently has five enclosed dog parks:

  • Briggs Street, South Lake – West of Wambiri Close, South Lake
  • Clementine Park - Clementine Boulevard, Treeby
  • Jan Hammond Park - corner of Baningan Avenue and Bartram Road, Success
  • Yarra Vista Park - corner of Dean Road and Berrigan Drive, Jandakot
  • Baler Court, Hammond Park.
An additional two dog specific parks may be constructed at Radonich Park (Beeliar) and Macfaull Park (Spearwood) in the near future, following further consultation. 

Baler Court Dog Park
In the interest of community safety, we have removed the dog agility equipment, fountains, park benches and fencing from the Baler Court dog park. These items have been replaced with non-electric conducting equipment.

The City is acting on advice provided by electrical engineers after residents reported feeling an electrical charge when visiting the park.

Why should I take my dog to an enclosed dog park? 

There are many benefits to exercising your dog at an enclosed dog park, as reinforced by our partner and local dog trainer, Agile Dogs

  • Tests your dog’s skills in different environments
  • They get to socialise with people, other dogs, noises and environments

  • A release outlet for your dog’s mental and physical energy

  • You get to bond with your dog by engaging in activities in an open space

  • Exercise for you and your dog

  • Introduces your dog to new activities in open space, e.g. flyball, frisby, agility
  • ​Increases your dog's confidence through good socialisation and positive experiences.

Why is it important to interact with my dog? 

  • Increases the bond and relationship between you and your dog

  • Promotes compliance and your dog listening to your commands and instructions

  • Good interaction increases your leadership and respect

  • A focused dog means less distractions

  • Greater enjoyment while at the park

How do I use the dog park equipment?

  • Use equipment appropriate to your dog’s age and skill level

  • Avoid making puppies and young dogs jump from heights

  • Use equipment on lead at first to control speed and landings

  • Gradually increase difficulty over time

  • Encourage, not force, your dog on equipment

  • Agility equipment should be fun for you and your dog
Tunnel
  1. Place your dog at the entrance of the tunnel and have someone call them at the other end
  2. Try throwing treats inside if they’re hesitant. Be patient and don’t push them inside, wait for them to move themselves.
  3. After one successful run through the tunnel, repeat and they should be happy to go through.

dog walking through tunnel
A-frame
  1. Shorten the lead and encourage the dog up and down the A-Frame, supporting the dog’s weight as you go
  2. Use a lure to encourage if the dog is hesitant. Gradually reduce lures and support to allow your dog to freely walk up and down
  3. Ensure your dog doesn’t jump off at the end or fall.

dog walking on A frame
Tyre
  1. Place your dog at the entrance of the tyre and lure them through
  2. Be patient and don’t push the dog through, ensure the lead is slack and free.

dog going through tyre ring
Dog platform
  1. A great way to build dog confidence at different heights and levels with stays and teaching your dog "up" and "down", or "on" and "off" commands, or simply a "place" command for practical and real life situations

  2. Lure your dog with treats and praise them when they interact with the platform, continuing poisitive reinforcement until the desired action is achieved. 

dog on step

Dog excreta (poo)

If your dog excretes on a street or a public place, you must remove and appropriately dispose of it. The City of Cockburn has installed waste bins, dog pooch dispensers at many parks locations to assist pet owners with appropriate disposal.

If your local park does not have this facility or if your park has run out of dog pooch bags, please contact the City directly.

Failure to remove excreta may result in a $100 penalty. 

More information and contact

For more information about off-lead dog exercise areas in the City please email the City or call 08 9411 3444.

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