Bass Coast,

Off-leash survey for Cape Paterson and Kilcunda

Bass Coast Shire Council is inviting Cape Paterson and Kilcunda residents to vote for the most suitable off-leash areas for dogs.

There are currently no off-leash beach areas in Cape Paterson or Kilcunda. Dogs are allowed on-leash on the beach at Cape Paterson except between 9am-6pm from 1 December – 14 April. In Kilcunda dogs are allowed on-leash on the beach all year round.

The community made a request for off-leash areas during the Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) consultation last year. As a result of the consultation Council has committed to working with land managers and the community to find off-leash beach areas in Kilcunda and Cape Paterson.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said Council and Parks Victoria have identified two potential off-leash dog walking areas in each of these townships.

 “Now it’s up to the community to vote on their preferred site. We encourage everyone who uses and visits these beaches to complete the survey.” she said.

Cape Paterson’s two proposed areas are:

1. First Surf Beach – from Whale Rock approximately 250 m east towards the Channel

2. Boat Ramp Beach – from below the carpark approximately 120m east towards the Bay Beach.

In Kilcunda the proposed areas are:

1. Main beach – from below the caravan park west approximately 150m west towards the rocks

2. Shelly Beach – all of Shelly Beach approximately 220m.

You can vote online at Voting will be open until Monday 19 February.

The results of the survey will be presented to Council who will then formalise the designation of the off-leash areas in Cape Paterson and Kilcunda.

Hard copy surveys will be made available to people on request. Council Officers will be by the shop in Cape Paterson on Saturday 27 January between 10-2 and at the Kilcunda Lobster Festival between 10-2 on Sunday 28 January to answer questions on the proposed off leash areas and allow people to fill out hard copy surveys. 

For more information, contact the Community Safety Team on 1300 226 278.