Bass Coast,

Council's Decision On Dogs

Restrictions for dogs on beaches in Bass Coast will return to the pre-December 2013 conditions as of 30 April 2014.

At Wednesday night’s Council meeting, Bass Coast Shire Council moved a motion to revoke all orders made in October and December 2013 regarding the control of dogs on beaches effective from 30 April.

Council also voted to retain dog off-leash areas in Ventnor, Cowes, and Wonthaggi. Off-leash areas in Inverloch will be in place until Council reviews the current trial. The Inverloch areas were originally introduced as part of the trial until 30 April 2014.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said Council also agreed to undertake a place-based community consultation process, involving the Domestic Animal Management Advisory Committee, with input from communities in Inverloch, the Waterline area, Phillip Island and San Remo.

“This consultation process will commence as soon as possible after Council has received a full report in May. The community will have the opportunity to discuss both current and future arrangements for the control of dogs on beaches,” Cr Rankine said.

On 1 May, conditions will return to what they were before October 2013. That is, dogs must be on a leash at all times, with the exception of declared off-leash areas.

Council will review all restrictions later this year. In the meantime, dogs on Phillip Island will be prohibited between 10.00am and 5.00pm and between 8.00pm and 7.00am from 1 December in each year to 30 April in the following year. No dogs will be permitted at any time on Cowes Main Beach.

On all other beaches, dogs are allowed on a leash at all times.