Exercising your dog

Council recognises the importance of dogs being allowed time to exercise unrestrained and there are seven off-leash areas in the shire. Dogs can exercise, roam freely and socialise under the supervision of their owner or person in charge at the following designated off-leash areas:

  1. Bicentennial Gardens, the northern area of the reserve, Ballina
  2. Compton Drive, East Ballina
  3. Gap Road, Alstonville
  4. Seven Mile Beach, north of Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club
  5. Ballina Heights Estate, eastern reserve area, Ballina Heights
  6. Headlands Drive Drainage Reserve, Skennars Head
  7. The Spit, Ballina

Conditions of Use

  • Your dog must always be under effective control. ‘Effective control’ means your dog responds to your command and remains close to you.
  • If your dog is not sufficiently trained to be under your effective control and shows signs of anti-social behaviour and aggression you must remove the dog immediately from the area.
  • Pick up your dog poo and dispose in a waste bin.
  • Be considerate of all other users of the area. It is not for the exclusive use of dogs and their owners.


Dog 'No-Go' Areas

If a person is found to allow their dog in these prohibited areas they may be issued with a fine which may exceed $330. Because of the popularity of some beaches and the presence of migratory and shorebirds, dogs are not allowed on:

  • Shelly Beach
  • Lighthouse Beach
  • Seven Mile Beach, south of identified beach access track located just north of Lennox Head/Alstonville Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Flat Rock reef
  • The Serpentine
  • Sharpes Beach, northern end of Sharpes Beach during surf patrols
  • Shaws Bay
  • Chickiba Lake, north/eastern corner surrounding the migratory and shorebirds roosting area
  • Lake Ainsworth and surrounding foreshore/reserve
  • Fire Trail end of Camp Drewe Road, Lennox Head

Additional public areas defined under Section 14 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 NSW where dogs are not permitted:

  • In or within 10m of any children's play areas
  • Food preparation or consumption areas (unless it is in a public thoroughfare such as a road, footpath or pathway)
  • Recreation areas where dogs are declared prohibited
  • School grounds (unless with the permission of the person controlling the school)
  • Child care centres (unless with the permission of the person controlling the centre)
  • Shopping areas where dogs are prohibited (unless secured in a vehicle, with the permission of the person controlling the place or going to or from a vet or pet shop)
  • Wildlife protection areas
  • and as indicated on Council signage at sites throughout the Shire.

Council can elect not to permit dogs in particular recreation areas, public bathing areas, and shopping centres.

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The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478

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Ballina NSW 2478


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