About KDWA

We are a group of responsible dog owners and walkers who enjoy exercising our dogs both on and off lead in as many places as possible. We are keen to maintain the health and safety of our pets, ourselves, the community, native animals and birds.

We started with less than 10 members in 1998 as a result of The Parks and Wildlife Service taking over the management of what is now the Peter Murrell Reserve. This had previously been land reserved for public housing. Parks informed the Kingborough community that dogs would not be allowed in the new Reserve and several local residents asked for a meeting with them. At the end of that meeting Parks advised they could not talk to us again unless we started an Incorporated Body. We did so and after many meetings with Parks we reached a compromise which still applies. For many years we were on a Management Committee for the Reserve until these meetings were discontinued. Our membership has now grown to well over 100 people in the Kingborough municipality.

We are proud to be the first dog walking association in Tasmania, and have since welcomed the formation of the Hobart, Huon Valley, Sorell and Derwent Valley DWAs, and the Sighthound Appreciation Society of Hobart (SASH).

Committee Members 2019/2020

President: Peter McIntosh

Vice President: Venie Phillips

Secretary: Su Jan New Clark

Treasurer: Simon Barnsley

Georgia Clark

Carl Mann

Sam Scarlett

Tony Walch

Public Officer: Ailsa Richards

Newsletter Editor: Venie Phillips

AGM 2019

The 21st AGM of the KDWA was held on Thursday 19th September 2019 at the Kingston Library. There were 17 attendees and 10 apologies. The main business of the meeting was the election of the executive and committee for the 2019-20 year


After the meeting there was a very interesting presentation by our invited speaker, Sergeant Iain Shepherd from the Tasmania Police Dog Handlers Unit, and his dog Bernie. This was followed by supper and an opportunity for members to meet the incoming committee.

AGM 2020

The 22nd AGM of the KDWA will be held at 7pm on Thursday 10th September 2020 at the Kingston Library. All members are welcome.


After the AGM formalities, there will be a guest speaker and then supper, with the opportunity to meet other members and your new committee.



A membership form can be found here for any 2019-2020 members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2020-2021.

Please post (or scan and email) your completed forms to reach us before the meeting.


Guest speaker:  Michael Sertori, from Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania (DHOT).  


DHOT has been caring for dogs for 70 years. They re-unite lost dogs with their families and find new homes for unwanted dogs and are committed to zero euthanasia of healthy, temperamentally sound dogs.


KDWA has supported DHOT for many years by subscribing to their Calendar and by helping with their annual fundraising campaign.


We’re delighted to have Michael as our guest speaker for our 2020 AGM.


A copy of the KDWA constitution is available here.