Off-leash parks for dog walking
Requirements when walking your dog
Dogs in a public place
Dog owners must keep their dog in effective control with a chain, cord or leash held by the owner and attached to the dog while the dog is in any public place, other than in a designated off-leash area or park.
Council have a limited number of free leads and dog poo bag dispensers. Contact Council to get one today.
Dogs in a designated off-leash area or park
In a designated off-leash area, dogs may be exercised off a chain, cord or leash if the following conditions are met:
- the owner must carry a chain, cord or leash which can bring the dog under effective control if the dog behaves in a way which threatens any person or animal
- the owner must remain in voice- or hand-control of the dog, to be able to promptly bring the dog under effective control by placing the dog on a chain, cord or leash if that becomes necessary, and
- the owner must not allow the dog to attack, rush at or threaten any person or animal.
At all times, owners must bring their dog under effective control by using a chain, cord or leash when the dog is within:
1 metre of a shared pathway (and at all times while on the shared pathway), or
15 metres of:
- any playground or children’s play equipment
- the principal location of an organised sporting or community event or festival
- the principal location of an organised public meeting, or
- a permanent barbecue or picnic area when in use.
For more information about obedience classes for dogs, see dog obedience clubs on Infoxchange Service Seeker.
At all times, dogs are prohibited within the immediate perimeter of any playground or within any creek or waterway.
Owning a greyhound
From 1 January 2019, pet greyhounds are no longer required to wear a muzzle in public. This includes retired racing greyhounds who have not undergone and passed a behavioural assessment as part of GRV's GAP.
For futher information visit the Agriculture Victoria website.
Removal of dog waste
Council does not supply plastic bags for the removal of dog waste in Merri-bek off-lead parks. Dog owners must carry on them means of disposing of dog faeces, as outlined in the Merri-bek General Local Law and Domestic Animal Management Plan.
Enclosed dog parks
Moreland City Council has the following enclosed dog parks.
- Gilpin Park, 348-374 Albert Street, Brunswick
Richards Reserve, 30-34 Charles Street, Coburg North
Designated off-leash parks in Merri-bek
Moreland City Council has the following designated off-leash parks.
- A G Gillon Oval, 133A Hope Street, Brunswick
- Clifton Park, 377 Albert Street, Brunswick
- Gilpin Park, 348-374 Albert Street, Brunswick
- Reaburn Reserve, 133A Hope Street, Brunswick
- Abrahams Reserve, 50-72 Harrison Street, Brunswick East
- Balfe Park, 54-64 John Street, Brunswick East
- Fleming Park, 47-51 Albert Street, Brunswick East
- Jones Park, 9-23 Albion Street, Brunswick East
- Kirkdale Park, 31 Kirkdale Street, Brunswick East
- Methven Park, 7 Methven Street, Brunswick East
- Phillips Reserve, 2-10 Weigall Street, Brunswick East
- Roberts Reserve, 50-72 Harrison Street, Brunswick East
- Sumner Park, 3 Alister Street, Brunswick East
- Braddy Reserve, 229 Hope Street, Brunswick West
- Dunstan Reserve, 24 Peacock Street, Brunswick West
- Fraser Reserve, 16-24 Hopetoun Avenue, Brunswick West
- Holbrook Reserve, 8 Jewell Crescent, Brunswick West
- Sheils Reserve, 306 Hope Street, Brunswick West
- Wylie Reserve, 256-264 Union Street, Brunswick West
- Anderson Reserve, 44-46 Linda Street, Coburg
- Bowden Reserve, 182A Nicholson Street, Coburg
- Bridges Reserve (excluding City Oval), Bell Street, Coburg
- Campbell Reserve, 11-49 Merri-bek Road, Coburg
- DeChene Reserve, 193 Urquhart Street, Coburg
- Egan Reserve, 145 Rennie Street, Coburg
- McDonald Reserve, 66 Bell Street, Coburg
- Cash Reserve, Livingstone Street, Coburg North
- Hosken Reserve, 39A Shorts Road, Coburg North
- Jackson Reserve, 1 Outlook Road (near Edgars Creek), Coburg North
- Parker Reserve, Mathieson Street, Coburg North
- Richards Reserve, 30-34 Charles Street, Coburg North
- Gervase Avenue Reserve, 82 Pecham Street, Glenroy
- Jacana Valley, Fran Street
- Kingsford Smith Ulm Reserve, 81A Loongana Avenue, Glenroy
- Sewell Reserve, 33 Glenroy Road, Glenroy
- Wallace Reserve, 123 Justin Avenue, Glenroy
- John Pascoe Fawkner Park, 1A Francis Street, Oak Park
- Rayner Reserve, 46A Devon Road, Oak Park
- Austin Crescent Reserve, 22 Austin Crescent, Pascoe Vale
- Cole Reserve, 177B Cumberland Road, Pascoe Vale
- Esslemont Reserve, 1 Somerset Street, Pascoe Vale
- Hallam Reserve, 144 Landells Road, Pascoe Vale
- K W Joyce Reserve, 31-37 Cornwall Road, Pascoe Vale
- Raeburn Reserve, 8-42 Landells Road, Pascoe Vale
Pascoe Vale South
- Brearly Reserve, 1-25 Heliopolis Street, Pascoe Vale South
- Morris Reserve, 11 Brentwood Avenue, Pascoe Vale South
- Shore Reserve, 20 Woodlands Avenue, Pascoe Vale South
Council may, by order of resolution, remove a reserve or part of a reserve, or add a reserve or part of a reserve, to the list of designated off-leash areas.
Changing the status of a park
Council will consider changing the on or off-leash status of a park if it receives a petition containing at least 5 signatures.
The Domestic Animals Act 1994 outlines the process which must be followed to change the designation of a park. Upon receiving a petition from residents, Council will adopt a resolution to enter into a consultation process under Section 223 of the Local Government Act 2020.
This consultation process includes a review of the proposal by Council officers, a letter and survey seeking feedback from residents living near the park, and information on the Council website.
Chain, cord or leash means a chain, cord or leash which effectively restrains the dog.
Designated off-leash area means a park or reserve or other place which has been designated by an order of Council under Section 26 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, as contained in the list above,
Owner has the same meaning as in the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
Public place has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Summary Offences Act 1966.
Shared path has the same meaning as in Road Rule 242 of the Road Rules – Victoria.