Planning for Pets

Public Engagement & Community Planning

Port Adelaide, SA
City of Port Adelaide Enfield

Conversations with new arrivals around dogs

While preparing the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, People, Pets & Places Animal Management Plan we held a series of conversations with new arrivals at the Kilburn Community Centre to explore their views and experiences with dogs in their local community. The sessions were conducted in collaboration with TAFE SA who taught English to the migrants. The participants came from Myanmar, Afganistan, Lebanon and Thailand and all had been in Australia for less than 5 years.

These conversations provided the group of new arrivals with a voice which had not previously been heard by Council. A long term outcome of this project is to develop an education program for new arrivals around dogs in the community.

Having these conversations gave the participants a better understanding of pet dogs in Australia, the role of Council in managing animals and importantly for them, who could help them regarding animals issues. Australians have a unique relationship with companion animals, particularly dogs and this project highlighted that there is a real need to educate new arrivals about dogs in the Australian context.


  • 2018 PIA Awards for Planning Excellence (SA) Commendation, Category for Public Engagement and Community Planning

Related Projects

  • People, Pets and Places Animal Management Plan

Enhancing our park for people & dogs off leash

Mitcham, SA
City of Mitcham

Meet n Greet on their Turf

This project listened to what the community wanted to see in their local off-leash park.

We developed a community engagement approach that included a survey and a Meet n Greet session in the Park. In collaboration with WAX Design, we produced a series of consultation posters: a site plan; enhancement icons and images to guide future enhancements to the park.


  • Wax Design

Community Park

Birkenhead, SA
Adelaide Brighton Cement

Private sector builds a dog park

Balancing Act Adelaide worked in collaboration with Aspect Studios to prepare a concept design for a dog park on a small corner block at Birkenhead. We produced a dog park fly-through to give the community a better understanding of the design.

Pets in Aged Care Facilities

Adelaide, SA
Animal Welfare League (Aust)

Pets and Healthy Ageing

In collaboration with Dr Fiona Warton, Veterinary Behaviourist, Balancing Act Adelaide prepared a checklist for Aged Care Providers wanting to introduce live-in pets with the owner (residents).
This checklist was used by the AWLA on their website – Positive ageing in the company of animals.

View the checklist at the Animal Welfare League Australia Website or download the PDF.


  • Dr Fiona Warton, Veterinary Behaviourist

Sensory Garden for Shelter Dogs

Animal Welfare League

Balancing act Adelaide is developing a design concept of a sensory garden for shelter dogs. The sensory and trail will provide a relaxing environment where dogs can engage in a natural setting away from the confines of the shelter area. The sensory space will provide opportunities for dogs to engage with the five senses: smell, sight, sound, taste and touch.

Let dogs sniff + explore + linger.