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Have your say on pets and public spaces

Monday 1 November 2021


Bayside has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in Victoria. With finite space and a growing population, it’s important we have a Domestic Animal Management Plan that balances everyone’s needs.

We are inviting everyone – those with pets and those without – to get involved and tell us their needs and concerns. This will help Council to set actions, plan programs and invest resources over the next four years where they’ll make the biggest difference.

Dog-poop disposal, off-leash times, on-leash rules, and wandering cats are all part of the conversation among not only pet owners but everyone who enjoys our foreshore, sportsgrounds, parks, and open spaces.

Feedback from this first phase of consultation will inform actions in a draft Domestic Animal Management Plan. Further consultation on the draft Plan will occur in early 2022.

We've posted or emailed a survey to 5,600 randomly selected Bayside households. If you received a printed survey in the mail to email invite (from please complete that version (not this one) as it will help improve the quality of our analysis.

Tell us what you think before consultation closes on 28 November 2021.

Have your say

Other ways to get involved:

  • Interviews with pet and non-pet owners, as well as relevant community groups, clubs and businesses.
  • An interactive map to share location specific feedback and ideas or ask a question
  • Pop-up and drop-in sessions throughout Bayside.
Dogs and cats sitting in a group