Tighter leash for Peninsula dog beaches

Published on 05 April 2019

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Tighter leash for Peninsula dog beaches

5 April 2018

Mornington Peninsula Shire is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and local Committees of Management to encourage residents to better manage dog behaviour and improve dog obedience at the following beaches:

 Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve

  • Capel Sound Foreshore Reserve
  • Dromana Foreshore Reserve
  • Merricks Beach 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.

 Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said we recognise both the benefits of unleashed dog exercise areas for community wellbeing and the importance of managing impacts on the amenity of nearby residents and other beach users.

 “Together with DELWP and local Committees of Management, we share a commitment to improving community safety, the enjoyment of coastal land and a consistent experience for dog owners.

 “As such, we have developed a comprehensive compliance program to regulate the behaviour of dogs on beaches to improve the amenity of our beaches.

 "This partnership allows us to apply all the existing rules and regulations across our beaches in a consistent manner which is a positive outcome for our community," concluded Cr Gill.

 As part of this commitment, the Shire, through funding from DELWP and local Committees of Management, will be undertaking:

 awareness and compliance action across all nine beaches to provide a consistent approach.

  • regular year-round patrols by skilled and experienced Community Safety Officers, including checking for:
    • dogs on lead and under control
    • owners cleaning up after their dogs
    • registration
    • acknowledging good behaviour
    • the need to review and improve signage.

 Stephen Chapple, Acting Regional Director, said we are fortunate in Victoria to have public access to more than 95% of the coastline. It's up to all of us to be respectful and responsible when visiting beaches, so they can be enjoyed safely by everyone.

 “A variety of native plants and animals, including some threatened species, call our beaches home. Regulations and compliance ensure dogs and their owners can enjoy the beach without impacting negatively on the environment or other beachgoers”.

 Council will continue to work closely with DELWP and local Committees of Management to ensure the program is reaching its full potential.