Dog-on-lead FAQs

Why have you introduced this law?

The laws provides a framework for the control of dogs and cats in public places across the entire shire. It clarifies the where and when their pets must be on a leash. .

These came following complaints that people are allowing their dogs to defecate on sporting areas making it unsafe for players.

Where does my dog need to be on-lead?

Dogs need to be on a leash on the streets and roads in Castlemaine, Maldon, Chewton and Campbells Creek.

For the safety of pets they must be on leash in all other parks and reserves between sunset and 6.00am.
They must also be on lead when park maintenance is being performed.
These rules also apply at community events, festivals, markets, barbeques or picnic areas when in use.

Where can I take my dog off-lead?

The off-lead dog park at Wesley Hill, Castlemaine is a great place to exercise your dog safely. The on-lead rule only applies in the larger towns of Castlemaine, Maldon, Chewton and Campbells Creek.

Where are dogs prohibited?

Dogs are prohibited from children’s playgrounds and the playing surfaces of the ovals listed below:

  • Camp Reserve Oval Castlemaine
  • Castlemaine War Memorial Stadium
  • Elsie Palmer Field Oval Castlemaine
  • Doug Powell Oval Castlemaine
  • Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve Castlemaine
  • Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park Oval
  • Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve Oval
  • John Powell Recreation Reserve Oval Guildford
  • Harcourt Recreation Reserve and Leisure Centre Oval
  • Cricket Ground and Recreation Reserve Oval Newstead
  • Bill Woodfull Reserve Oval Maldon
  • Public Recreation Reserve Station Oval Taradale

Will I be fined if my dog is off-lead?

We understand that pet owners will need time to adjust to this rule and won’t be enforcing the changes immediately. In time, a fine of $192 will apply.

We look forward to working with the community on the implementation of this. We will ensure free information is available to help pet owners adjust.

What do I do if I see a dog off-lead?

If you feel comfortable, politely tell them that the rules have changed and if they have concerns to contact Council. Our rangers will investigate reports of dogs being exercised off-lead.