Why restrict off-leash areas around lakes?

All Canberrans should have the right to use our lakes in whatever way suits them most. Some people do not feel comfortable around off-leash dogs and we have recently heard from the community that dogs are swimming off-leash in areas that are not designated off-leash areas. To clarify this and ensure there is no confusion, the Canberra Dog Model committed to all lakes being on-leash unless otherwise signposted (signage will be installed at these locations in the coming weeks).

This ensures that dog owners can clearly see where they can and can’t let their dogs off-leash by our lakes. Swimmers and pedestrians will have the confidence to enjoy these spaces without being made to feel uncomfortable by off-leash dogs in most areas around our lakes.

The number of dog swimming areas was recently reviewed to ensure we have enough places for dogs to safely swim off-leash in time for summer.

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