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The lights are being turned on again one evening a week between 5 June 2023 until 2 September 2023 at three popular dog off-leash sportsgrounds, while they are not being used for sport.

  • ​RJ Sillitoe Reserve

    Lawson St, Hampton.

    Mondays, 5pm – 8pm (enter via Lawson Street only, Ludstone Street entrance currently closed)

  • William Street Reserve

    William St, Brighton.

    Fridays, 5pm – 8pm

  • RG Chisholm Reserve

    Duncan St, Sandringham.

    Fridays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (following junior footy training, please note training will finish at 6:45pm on Friday 16 June)

Dogs must always be supervised and under effective voice and hand control to prevent unwanted or unsafe interactions in public spaces. This includes unwanted interactions with other dogs.

Be responsible, respectful, and safe when sharing spaces:

  • Please ensure your dog doesn’t dig and damage sportsground turf. Holes can and do cause significant injury to people and pets
  • Always pick up after your dog and dispose of it responsibly. Dog poo contaminates playing surfaces and is a health risk to people
  • Always maintain effective control
  • Never let your dog run towards or jump on others
  • Ask permission before approaching people or dogs
  • Dogs must be on leash within 20 metres of an area being used for organised sport, including training, playgrounds, barbeques, picnic areas and on-leash signed lakes and ponds.

Effective control keeps everyone safe.

  • Keep sight of your dog at all times
  • Monitor behaviour for unwelcome approaches
  • Instant recall with voice or hand commands
  • Put back on leash if you need to

We’re committed to ensuring Bayside’s recreation facilities meet the evolving and broad needs of our community. The purpose of the program is to understand if this program is of benefit to local dog owners and assess any impact to sports participants and the sportsgrounds.

We’ll be talking to the community using the grounds during these times, and closely monitoring sportsground condition to evaluate the success of the program. You can also share your experiences during the program via the survey on this page.

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To make a submission or enquiry, please get in touch via the following methods:

  • Online via the survey
  • Ask a question in the Q&A forum
  • Chat to a Council Officer during a Lights on for Dogs session
  • Email David Nankervis, Recreation and Events Coordinator
  • Phone 03 9599 4838
  • In person to the Corporate Centre at 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham
  • Post to Bayside City Council, PO Box 27 Sandringham 3091
  • Anonymously via the postal, phone or email details above.

Materials can be provided in accessible formats on request.

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Submissions close 5pm 2 September 2023.

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