Dogs on beaches this summer

Published on 03 December 2020

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Exercising your dog on the beach is a great way to get outdoors and have fun, however as our beaches get busier over summer, there are beaches where dogs may be prohibited or required to be on leash.
We’re working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and local Committees of Management to encourage residents to better manage dog behaviour at the following beaches:

  • Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve
  • Capel Sound Foreshore Reserve
  • Dromana Foreshore Reserve
  • Point King Foreshore Reserve
  • Point Leo Foreshore and Public Park Reserves
  • Shoreham Foreshore Reserve
  • Somers Foreshore Reserve
  • Whitecliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Reserves.

Signage throughout the Peninsula aim to help educate dog owners on their responsibilities on beaches and reserves.
Community Safety Officers will be patrolling regularly to ensure:

  • Dogs are leashed in all public areas (unless in a designated area).
  • Owners carry bags to collect their dog’s litter.
  • Owners are ensuring their dogs are under control in a leash free area.
  • Dogs are not on beaches during prohibited times.

To see leash free areas on the Peninsula, visit

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:

“Together with DELWP and local Committees of Management, we share a commitment to improving community safety and the enjoyment of our beaches by our residents and visitors”.

“We hope both locals and visitors have an enjoyable time this summer when visiting Peninsula beaches, be sure to treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you”.

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