Suggested Changes to Dog Off-Leash for Warana and Bokarina Beaches

Consultation concluded on 7 November, 2017

Council invites you to have your say on the suggested change to the dog off-leash area (Beach access 226-247) to include a small area for dogs on-leash (Beach access 235-239) for Warana and Bokarina Beaches.


Council currently has over 13.5 kilometres of beaches and foreshores and over 20 parks across the region which are dedicated dog off-leash areas. As our community grows, council is interested in ensuring all residents have a say with regards to the provision of dedicated dog off-leash areas.



Purpose

Following a number of requests from residents, a suggested change for comment is to include a small area for dogs on-leash between beach access 235-239 to the current dog off-leash area for Warana and Bokarina beaches (refer to the map in the Document Library on this page).

Council recognises the benefits of pet ownership and providing dog off-leash areas is a way it can support pet ownership. Dog off-leash areas mean dogs can engage in extended and vigorous physical activity through free running, ball play and chase activities with other dogs and with family members. They can do this regardless of the age or mobility of their owners. Off-leash areas also allow dogs to interact and socialise with other dogs and people.

However, council also acknowledges a number of challenges associated with dog off-leash areas, which have been highlighted by both dog owners and non-dog owners. Issues such as dog owners not picking up after their dogs, allowing their dogs to impose on other users, inappropriate dogs being brought to the dog off-leash areas (e.g. restricted breeds, aggressive dogs, dogs that are too young, and unvaccinated dogs) are generally the key issues raised in relation to dog off-leash areas.

Managing community expectations, and at the same time needing to comply with legislation and local laws, is an ongoing challenge for council’s Response Service Officers. However, many of these matters can be addressed by appropriate management, by dog owners displaying responsible pet ownership behaviour and through dog owners utilising council resources and education on responsible pet ownership.

Community engagement

There was an opportunity to have your say on the suggested inclusion of a dog on-leash area at Warana and Bokarina beaches. Council invited the community to comment on the suggested changes.

Submissions closed at 5pm, 7 November 2017.

Where to from here

All comments will be considered and summarised in a report to the divisional councillor for consideration.

Council will be conducting a full review of local laws over the next few months with any expected changes being considered by council in 2018. It is expected that the outcome of the submissions received during this time will be considered during this review.

Contacts

For more information, please contact the Manager, Community Response on (07) 5420 7412.

Council invites you to have your say on the suggested change to the dog off-leash area (Beach access 226-247) to include a small area for dogs on-leash (Beach access 235-239) for Warana and Bokarina Beaches.


Council currently has over 13.5 kilometres of beaches and foreshores and over 20 parks across the region which are dedicated dog off-leash areas. As our community grows, council is interested in ensuring all residents have a say with regards to the provision of dedicated dog off-leash areas.



Purpose

Following a number of requests from residents, a suggested change for comment is to include a small area for dogs on-leash between beach access 235-239 to the current dog off-leash area for Warana and Bokarina beaches (refer to the map in the Document Library on this page).

Council recognises the benefits of pet ownership and providing dog off-leash areas is a way it can support pet ownership. Dog off-leash areas mean dogs can engage in extended and vigorous physical activity through free running, ball play and chase activities with other dogs and with family members. They can do this regardless of the age or mobility of their owners. Off-leash areas also allow dogs to interact and socialise with other dogs and people.

However, council also acknowledges a number of challenges associated with dog off-leash areas, which have been highlighted by both dog owners and non-dog owners. Issues such as dog owners not picking up after their dogs, allowing their dogs to impose on other users, inappropriate dogs being brought to the dog off-leash areas (e.g. restricted breeds, aggressive dogs, dogs that are too young, and unvaccinated dogs) are generally the key issues raised in relation to dog off-leash areas.

Managing community expectations, and at the same time needing to comply with legislation and local laws, is an ongoing challenge for council’s Response Service Officers. However, many of these matters can be addressed by appropriate management, by dog owners displaying responsible pet ownership behaviour and through dog owners utilising council resources and education on responsible pet ownership.

Community engagement

There was an opportunity to have your say on the suggested inclusion of a dog on-leash area at Warana and Bokarina beaches. Council invited the community to comment on the suggested changes.

Submissions closed at 5pm, 7 November 2017.

Where to from here

All comments will be considered and summarised in a report to the divisional councillor for consideration.

Council will be conducting a full review of local laws over the next few months with any expected changes being considered by council in 2018. It is expected that the outcome of the submissions received during this time will be considered during this review.

Contacts

For more information, please contact the Manager, Community Response on (07) 5420 7412.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Have your Say on the suggested change to dog off-leash area (Beach access 226-247) to include a small area for dogs on-leash area (Beach access 235-239) for Warana and Bokarina Beaches.

    Have your Say on the suggested change to dog off-leash area (Beach access 226-247) to include a small area for dogs on-leash area (Beach access 235-239) for Warana and Bokarina Beaches.

    Consultation concluded on 7 November, 2017