Thank you for providing feedback on the proposal for a Dog Exercise Area (DEA) at Pelican Waters between 15 May and 2 June, 2023.

Council is committed to providing high quality open space that supports active and healthy communities and we look forward to working together to get the best outcome for Pelican Waters.

Community Engagement

In response to community requests for a DEA in Pelican Waters, Council invited feedback from the community to gauge a preferred location.

Three sites were identified as suitable locations, which included:

  • Judy Henzell Park (Fenced)
  • Raptor Park (Fenced)
  • Scribbly Gum Park (Fenced)

A survey was available on Council’s Have your say website, as well as a project news and site signage encouraging residents in the Pelican Waters and Golden Beach area to provide feedback between May and June 2023.

Overall, 671 surveys were completed and 11 responses via email were received. This has provided Council with a better understanding of the communities favoured locations.

Council has reviewed and analysed the information which showed 87 per cent support for the development of a DEA in Pelican Waters.

Scribbly Gum Park and Judy Henzell Park were the two preferred sites.

A community engagement summary and update can be found here.

Where to from here

The survey indicated strong support from the dog owning community for the development of a DEA within Pelican Waters.

Following Council’s review and analysis of the community consultation results and further detailed investigation, it was determined that Judy Henzell Park was the preferred location.

The next steps will include progressing the concept design during which Council will undertake further engagement with surrounding residents.

Following this engagement, Council will prepare a final design with construction scheduled for later this financial year.


Dog exercise areas (DEAs) are activity spaces provided to promote social and physical health for dogs and their owners. DEA’s may be fenced or unfenced and may include the following, depending on the site:

  • 1.2 metre high, black chain wire fence with two self-closing access gates (if fenced)
  • catering for dogs of various sizes
  • park shelter and shaded seating
  • water tap with dog bowl
  • concrete access paths
  • dog bag dispensers and rubbish bin/signage
  • shade tree planting.

Please see PDF for a DEA design example.

Additional off-street parking is not being considered; facility users will need to park on-street or be within walking distance of the DEA.

Existing nearby dog exercise areas

There are seven Dog Exercise Areas (DEA) within a 10-minute drive of Pelican Waters: