Waterline ,
24
July
2015
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08:35
Australia/Melbourne

Time To Vote On Waterline Off-Leash Areas

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If you live or visit the Waterline area, it’s time to vote for which dog off-leash area you prefer.

Last month, Bass Coast Shire Council surveyed residents and ratepayers in the Waterline townships of Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville, Tenby Point, Bass and Jam Jerrup about the current arrangements for dogs on beaches and whether they would like off-leash areas implemented.

Leadbeater Ward Councillor, Clare Le Serve, said the response was overwhelming, with 711 people completing the survey.

“Of these, only 60 percent owned a dog, but 85.3 per cent supported areas for dogs to exercise off-leash,” Cr Le Serve said.

“The majority of the responses came from people living or using the beach areas in Corinella, Coronet Bay and Grantville, with these townships representing 86 per cent of the total response.”

Council has been working with land managers, such as Parks Victoria and designated Committees of Management, to review the data and information provided.

There have been two potential off-leash beach areas identified in:

  • Corinella (74.6 per cent or 117 people supported off-leash areas on beaches)
  • Coronet Bay (67 per cent or 212 people supported off-leash areas on beaches)
  • Grantville (71 per cent or 80 people supported off-leash areas on beaches)

Council is now asking the community to vote on which one of the two areas they think is the most appropriate in each town.

Cr Le Serve said due to the small size of the beach area in Tenby Point, only one option has been provided.

“As there was only a small number of responses to the initial Tenby Point survey and a third of these were against an off-leash area, residents and ratepayers will also have the option to vote against having an off-leash area,” Cr Le Serve said.

“We hope to be able to provide an off-leash area in nearby townships if one is not supported in Tenby Point.”

Cr Le Serve said land managers of the beaches in Bass and Jam Jerrup have considered the survey results and recommended that the current regulations – where dogs are allowed on the beach on-leash at all times – should remain.

“There were only 44 responses to the Bass survey, and whilst there was support for an off-leash beach, this is a small sample size,” Cr Le Serve said.

“The land managers feel that given that this beach is designated for horses and 85 per cent of survey respondents supported the current arrangements, they should remain.

“Jam Jerrup also had only 18 responses and while there was support for an off leash area, 84 per cent of respondents supported staying with the current regulations.”

A full copy of the results of the survey is available on Council’s website at basscoast.vic.gov.au/waterline.

People can vote online at basscoast.vic.gov.au/waterline or fill in a hard copy form, available from Coronet Bay General Store, Corinella General Store, Grantville Transaction Centre and other Council Customer Service Centres. The voting forms include maps with the different off-leash options.

Voting forms will also be emailed or posted to people who completed the initial survey and provided the relevant contact details.

Voting is open until Monday, 10 August.

Council will also be holding information sessions on Saturday, 8 August where Council Officers will be available to answer questions on the process, survey results and proposed off-leash areas.

These sessions are being held at:

  • Grantville Transaction Centre, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Corinella and District Community Centre, 12.00pm to 1.00pm
  • Coronet Bay Hall, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Information on horses on Coronet Bay, Corinella and Bass beaches was also collected and has been shared with relevant land managers.

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