Jack Edwards Reserve pavillion

Soccer players and dog walkers have to adhere to revised rules on the use of Oakleigh’s Jack Edwards Reserve.

Under new arrangements phased in over the past month, dogs are banned from the $1.3 million synthetic pitch area at all times, and during sports matches and training sessions, dogs are banned from the pitch surrounds, designated by a low fence.

Dog bans will also apply to the natural turf pitch and immediate surrounding areas two hours prior to and during National Premier League Victoria (NPLV) senior matches.

During these NPLV matches on the natural turf, the football clubs are permitted to lock the gates to the pitch and charge admittance fees. While the gates are locked, the area will be restricted to game spectators and associated soccer club patrons. The gates will reopen once the soccer match has finished.

Dogs are allowed to be off-leash on the natural turf pitch and surrounding areas at all other times, while other areas of the reserve can be accessed via a gate at the southern end of Parkside Ave which will be permanently unlocked.

Jack Edwards Reserve off lead

Following an arson attack at the synthetic pitch in March, which caused $50,000 worth of damage, Monash Council has agreed to install CCTV cameras to monitor the area and prevent repeat vandalism.

The gates to the synthetic pitch will also be locked from dusk to dawn for security reasons.

To prevent damage to the car park, heavy vehicles including trucks and large buses (rubbish collection vehicles excepted) will be banned from using the reserve’s off-street car park.

A Monash Council statement said the decision to introduce new arrangements “respects the needs of the different sectors of the community that use the reserve, including both dog walkers and the tenant sports clubs.”

The Oakleigh Cannons Football Club and the Chisholm United Football Club are based at Jack Edwards Reserve.

For further queries about animal management and dog walking, phone 9518 3257. For sport and recreation queries phone 9518 3560.

More details are also available at Monash Council’s website.

Jack Edwards Reserve is located at 22 Edward St, Oakleigh.