More off-leash areas for dogs on Bass Coast beaches
Bass Coast Shire Council has opened up two new off-leash beach areas, in Cape Paterson and Kilcunda, for people and their pooches to enjoy this summer.
The off-leash area in Cape Paterson is located on the First Surf Beach from Whale Rock, around 250 metres east towards the Channel. This area allows off-leash dogs before 9am and after 6pm, from 1 December to 14 April. No dogs are allowed on the beach between these times. The Kilcunda off-leash area is located below the Kilcunda Foreshore Caravan Park, around 150m west towards the rocks. This area is off-leash 24/7.
Summer regulations regarding dog walking come into effect on many beaches in Bass Coast on 1 December.
Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure they are following regulations, by checking the signs at the access points to beaches and reserves, or by visiting Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/dogwalking.
There are a few things to remember when using any of Bass Coast’s off-leash beach areas with your dog:
· You need to be carrying a leash and use it immediately if the situation calls for it;
· your dog must be under effective voice control at all times;
· your dog mustn’t rush or jump on any person, or attack any person or animal; and
· you need to keep your dog within sight at all times.
All dogs must be on a leash when out in public and not in a designated off-leash area. You must also pick up after your dog when out in public.
Council Officers will be patrolling the beaches, off-leash areas and parks throughout the summer period to make sure everyone is doing the right thing and having a great time.
For more information please contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.