Council Thanks Community For Dogs Input


Bass Coast Shire Council would like to thank the community for their input after a motion on dog controls on Inverloch beaches was adopted at last night’s meeting.

Council Mayor, Kimberley Brown, said the recommendation is the result of extensive community consultation in Inverloch.

“The community is to be congratulated for their participation in the process,” Cr Brown said.

“I’d like to thank all workshop attendees for the valuable and respectful exchange of diverse opinions.

“Almost 200 people attended a public meeting, with 40 to 50 people attending each of the three open sessions that followed.

“Councillors and members of the Domestic Animal Management Advisory Committee (DAMAC) attended the meetings as observers only.”

Cr Brown said a highlight of the process was how well participants worked together to arrive at an agreed opinion.

The Mayor said Council had come to a final decision on dog controls on Inverloch beaches after seriously considering the fair and equitable use of beaches by all users while taking into account amenity, environmental issues and safety concerns.

“We took into consideration a wide range of factors and information, a significant part being the information provided by the community consultation sessions and from DAMAC, and referred back to our original aim to come to a decision,” Cr Brown said.

“Given the time frames, the changes may not be in place as of 1 December, but we will be working to get all the changes implemented as soon as possible.”

Townsend Ward Councillor, Jordan Crugnale, said she believes Council had come to a solution that met the needs of a diverse community.

“Environment, people and dog owners have all been considered,” Cr Crugnale said.

“Everyone is working towards a solution and everyone understands the constraint and challenges of a constantly changing coastline and inlet.

“There needs to be a little more work done on identifying the second off-leash area on the west side and that it respects the environmental significance.”

The new controls regarding dogs include:

  • All dogs to be on a leash unless in the designated off-leash area east of Grandview Grove to Cuttriss Street

  • The previous off-leash area near Abbott Street has been removed as an off-leash area due to environmental concerns and exposed rocks, and Council will work with DAMAC to identify possible alternatives to this one on the beach

  • Three areas to be set aside as dogs prohibited areas between 9.00am and 6.00pm from 1 December to 28 February and during the Easter school holidays. These areas are at the two ends of the Council managed beach, running from the beach entrance opposite the Broadbeach Access Track to Cuttriss Street, and from Wreck Creek to Wave Street, and a central area known as Pensioner’s Point.

  • To address environmental concerns, no dogs are permitted at any time from Screw Creek to the beach entrance opposite the Broadbeach Access Track effective from 1 December 2014

  • Further work to be undertaken to protect the environment, including working with the Friends of the Hooded Plover

  • Improved communication strategies, signage, brochures and enforcement

  • Investigation of the provision of dog poo bags and of additional bins

  • A continuing emphasis on enforcement

  • Investigation of the establishment of an inland dog park