Votes are in on Waterline off-leash beaches
Proposed dog off-leash areas for Waterline beaches will be presented to Bass Coast Shire Council at the November Ordinary Meeting.
Council has been working with the land managers, stakeholders and the community to identify year-round dog off-leash areas for the Waterline townships of Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville and Tenby Point.
The process included surveying residents and ratepayers about the current arrangements for dogs on beaches and whether they would like off-leash areas implemented, before asking them to vote for potential off-leash areas identified.
A total of 711 people completed the initial survey with over 75 per cent supporting dog off-leash areas in the Waterline area.
Council worked with land managers, such as Parks Victoria and designated Committees of Management, to review the data and information provided to determine potential off-leash areas in Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville and Tenby Point.
A total of 525 responses were received in relation to the options provided for year-round off leash areas.
In Corinella, 94 per cent (204 responses) voted for a year round dog off-leash area to be designated 90 metres south of the Beach St access, south east to O’Connor Road ending before the access to the beach.
In Coronet Bay 86 per cent (154 responses) voted for a year round dog off-leash area to be designated 80 metres south of Norsemens Road entrance towards Coronet Bay township, ending in line with the end of Kowloon Court
In Grantville 88 per cent (43 responses) voted for a year round dog off-leash area to be designated 30 metres south of the Swan St beach access south towards the boat ramp and ending at the Grantville Hall beach access.
In Tenby Point 62 per cent (23 responses) voted for a year round dog off-leash area to be designated 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.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said these results have been shared and supported by relevant land managers, as well as Council’s Domestic Animal Management Advisory Committee (DAMAC).
“DAMAC has recommended to Council that these sites in Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville and Tenby Point be year-round dog off-leash beach areas,” Cr Brown said.
“The Glen Forbes Recreation Reserve Committee has also contacted Council requesting the Reserve to be a dog off-leash area, with the request to be presented at a future Council meeting for consideration.”
Information collected during the initial survey on horse usage at beaches showed a majority of support for designated areas of beaches in the Waterline to continue to be available for horse riding.
Corinella – 72 per cent of responders supported horse areas on beaches
Coronet Bay – 76 per cent of responders supported horse areas on beaches
Bass – 85 per cent of responders supported horse areas on beaches.
Council has provided land managers in these areas with this data, along with suggestions provided in the surveys in relation to how horses can share the beaches in harmony with other beach users and is awaiting their response.