Dogs in Gawler

You may have heard that The Town of Gawler has embarked on an exciting initiative looking at locations for a dog park(s) and for suitable ‘on and off leash areas’.

Councils Animal Management Plan 2014-17, has been prepared to guide animal management within the Town of Gawler through to 2017. The Plan was developed by a reference group that comprised Council staff and Elected Councillors. Stakeholder and community input was sought through a consultation process undertaken in early 2014. This guided the development of the Plan and ensured it addressed priority animal management issues identified by the community.

Key animal management issues identified in both the Gawler Community Plan 2014-2024 and the Animal Management Plan 2014-2017 identify the need for Council to provide dog friendly parks and dog “on-off leash” areas.

Since December 2015 Council has been working with the assistance of a consultant to review suitable locations for a dog friendly park(s) and dog “on-off leash” areas. Our aim is to involve the community whether you’re a dog owner or not to help identify suitable locations for a dog friendly park(s). The project will also look at the feasibility of “on-off leash” areas throughout the Town of Gawler’s walking trails, parks and reserves.

Currently the Town of Gawler has no designated “on and off leash” areas. All walking trails, parks and reserves are currently “off-leash”. Off-leash areas are still public spaces, which means that they are open for all to enjoy, not just dog owners. Not all people like dogs and some people can be intimidated by even small dogs running up to them so it is important to seek everyone’s views.

The aim is for the project to develop a framework that identifies:

  1. On-leash areas;
  2. Off-leash areas;
  3. Shared areas;
  4. A preferred site(s) for an enclosed dog park, and;
  5. Dog prohibited areas.

Please take the time to fill in the attached short survey questionnaire

Hard copy questionnaires will be available at the Town Hall, Visitor Information Centre, Library, Evanston Gardens Library, Gawler Sport and Community Centre and the Elderly Centre. You may even see one of Councils Rangers at one of our many walking trails who will also be able to provide you with a questionnaire as well.

Council will also be holding a Community Engagement and Information workshop on Wednesday 17 August 2016 in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Gawler Sport and Community Centre, Nixon Terrace commencing at 6:30pm. We encourage you to come along on the evening and be a part of this interactive community information session.

We ask that for catering purposes you RSVP back to Council via our email at by 9 August 2016 your attendance.

We truly welcome your feedback and suggestions and look forward to your valued input into this exciting initiative by the Gawler Council.

89 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118
Tel: 08 8522 9211