New dog off-leash areas in Waterline

Bass Coast Shire Council will introduce off-leash dog areas in the Waterline areas of Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville, Tenby Point and Glen Forbes from 1 January 2016.

Over the past nine months Council has been working with the land managers, stakeholders and the community to identify year-round dog off leash areas in the Waterline area.

At last Wednesday’s Council Meeting, Council adopted the recommendation that four beach areas and one reserve will become dog off-leash areas.

Leadbeater Ward Councillor, Clare Le Serve, said that this is a great outcome for the community who have long wanted areas for their dogs to exercise off-leash.

“When we surveyed residents and ratepayers earlier in the year over 80 per cent of the 711 who completed the survey supported dog off-leash areas,” Cr Le Serve said.

An implementation plan including new signage and the development of maps identifying the off-leash areas will now be developed by Council and land managers and rolled out in coming months.

Cr Le Serve said that Council will now focus on educating people about the new regulations rather than issuing fines.

“The emphasis will be on education rather than enforcement of these regulations and to encourage the community to self-regulate,” Cr Le Serve concluded.

From 1 January 2016 the following areas are Designated Dog Off-Leash Areas:

  • Corinella Beach 90 metres south of the Beach Street access, south east to O’Connor Road ending before the access to the beach

  • Coronet Bay beach 80 metres south of Norsemens Road entrance towards Coronet Bay township, ending in line with the end of Kowloon Crescent

  • Grantville beach 30 metres south of the Swan Street beach access south towards the boat ramp and ending at the Grantville Hall beach access track

  • Tenby Point beach 55 metres east of the bottom of the access track to the Council land boundary ending in line with the eastern end of Marine Parade

  • Glen Forbes Recreation Reserve.

    In Designated Dog Off-Leash Areas a dog may be exercised off a chain, cord or leash if the owner of the dog:

  • carries a chain, cord or leash

  • has at all times effective voice control of the dog and is able to place the dog under effective control by means of chain, cord or leash immediately if necessary

  • does not allow the dog to attack a person or animal or rush at a person

  • always keeps the dog in sight

For more information, contact Council’s Local Laws Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.