New off-leash beach areas in Cape Paterson and Kilcunda
Great news if you’ve got a four-legged friend who loves the beach, you’ll be able to enjoy the new off-leash areas that have been designated at Cape Paterson and Kilcunda from 1 August 2018.
Following community consultation and a Council decision, signage for the new regulations is being installed and the community can enjoy some off-leash beach fun at the following areas:
· Cape Paterson - 1st Surf Beach - from Whale Rock approximately 250m east towards the channel. Except between 9.00am – 6.00pm from 1 December - 14 April when no dogs are allowed on the beach
· Kilcunda - Main Beach - from below the Kilcunda Foreshore Caravan Park approximately 150m west towards the rocks, throughout the year
Together with Parks Victoria, Council worked to find suitable options in both towns which took into account the local environment, how the community currently used the beach and beach composition (sand, rocks). Local bird life was also considered and proposed locations were discussed with Birdlife Australia and the Friends of the Hooded Plover.
Once potential sites were identified Council consulted with the community to find their preferred location.
A few things to remember when using the off-leash beach area 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, jump on any person or attack any person or animal
· Keep your dog in 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.