Successes - Hobart Dog Walking Association


Dog walkers need to be organised.  After all, there are those who seek to impose dog bans.
If dog owners don't represent their interests, who will? 


The Hobart Dog Walking Association (HDWA) Inc. was established on 31 May 2006 in order to have an organised and active group to promote and protect dog exercise areas.  Since forming the HDWA has successfully campaigned and:

  • Stopped the dog exercise area at Cornelian Bay becoming drastically reduced

  • Stopped the proposed ban of dogs on Bellerive Beach in 2007.  In 2015, the HDWA again lobbied to keep the status quo on Bellerive Beach.  Sadly, the Clarence City Council decided to ban dogs from what was the on-lead section from 2008, and Apex Park.

  • Supported a local group in Collinsvale wanting to fence the former rifle range for a fenced dog park.

  • Stopped a section of Chapel Street Reserve, in Glenorchy, from being given away to develop a temple.  Like many in the community we did not want public open space given away for the exclusive use of one group to build a temple:

    • In 2018 we met Alderman Bec Thomas, Glenorchy City Council, at Chapel Street Reserve. Discussions resulted in the ​reserve becoming a popular fenced dog exercise area.

  • In 2014, stopped the proposed ban of on-lead dogs on Nutgrove Beach, in Sandy Bay

  • Supported the Sighthound Appreciation Society Hobart proposal for a fenced dog park in Hobart. This resulted in John Turnbull Dog Exercise area being fenced at Lenah Valley.

  • In 2019, we supported the Hobart City Council in keeping shared exercise arrangements on sportgrounds despite lobbying of Aldermen to ban dogs from sportsfields.

  • In 2019 we also made deputations to the Hobart City Council:

    • We successfully proposed off-lead times at Nutgrove Beach, Sandy Bay, increase in summer to between 6pm and 10am

    • Supported Radfords Track on Mt Wellington becoming on-lead

    • Supported Mathers Place in Hobart becoming on-lead. 

    • Supported the continued use of Girrabong Play Park for dog off-lead exercise

  • In 2019 we made a deputation to the Clarence City Council supporting development of a state-of-the-art dog park. The Council has unanimously voted for the park.

  • In 2018 and 2019 we wrote to save Rosny Hill as a nature reserve.

  • In 2020, we await the Clarence Dog Management Policy Review

The Hobart Dog Walking Association welcomes new members.