We understand dogs play an important part in many people's lives, and they offer companionship, contribute to wellbeing and are part of the family. Data provided by Inner West Council suggests that over 42% of households own a dog and that more than 35,000 of them live in the area. However, we also know that some people may choose not to have pets of their own and prefer to enjoy places that are pet-free.
Callan Park has always been popular for dog owners to walk their dogs, but visitation is also increasing for those without dogs who wish to use the area for passive recreation.
In April and May 2021, we conducted extensive consultation to gather data and ideas on how dogs should be managed in Callan Park. Feedback has been used to develop the first Companion Animal Management Plan (CAMP) for Callan Park that reflects the community's needs and all park users of Callan Park.
Have your say
We now want your feedback to make sure we are on the right track to ensure all can enjoy Callan Park, whether you are a dog owner or not.
The draft Companion Animal Management Plan aims to balance the interests of all park users, including dogs and their owners, while minimising the potential for conflict between dogs and other users. Essentially it is a plan whereby all who visit and use Callan Park can share the space equitably.
You can now view and make a submission on the draft plan.
Review the plan, check out our map of on and off-leash areas and have your say by the closing date of 9 February 2022. Submissions can be emailed directly to us at CAMP@dpie.nsw.gov.au
On Monday 13 December, the Greater Sydney Parklands Team held an information session where the team discussed the plan an answered questions from the community. If you missed it, you can view the recording of the session.