Dogs will have more space and time to run and play during a trial extension to the existing dog off-leash beach at Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Masthead Drive, Cleveland.
The trial starts today (1 August) and runs until 31 October 2013 and is in response to community requests to Redland City Council.
Have your say on the trial extension to dog off-leash beach
The most easterly beach, closest to Sentinel Court, is the current dog off-leash area and has been available to dogs only at certain times of the day, during specified months.
Those restrictions will not apply during the trial.
The extended dog off-leash area into the park will include the drinking tap and dog bowl and give dogs an off-leash area to use at high tide when the entire beach is under water.
The existing dog off-leash beach is unfenced and, with the extension into the park, will remain so.
Division 2 Councillor Craig Ogilvie said feedback from residents and park users would be assessed after the trial.
The extended dog off-leash area will have temporary signage with a map to show the boundaries of the area.
“Depending on community response, decisions will be made to formalise the extended area with permanent signage only, or discontinue the extension into the park and retain the original dog off-leash beach,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.
Council is urging residents to have their say now about proposed local law changes that include relaxing dog restrictions in two of the city’s parks.
The proposed amendments to Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) would:
- permit dogs on-leash at W.H. Yeo Park, Victoria Point and at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (dogs are currently prohibited at W.H. Yeo Park at all times and at Wellington Point Reserve on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
- add the current off-leash exercise area adjacent to the Redlands Softball Park at Sturgeon Street, Ormiston (This area is fenced and Council has completed a successful dog off-leash trial there.).
- remove two designated off-leash exercise areas at Flinders Beach and Amity Point North Stradbroke Island (these areas are now part of the Minjerribah Recreation Area and Council has relinquished its trusteeship of this State land).
Division 1 Cr Wendy Boglary welcomed Council’s decision to amend the Local Law that could see dog owners walk their dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays, saying that the dog ban had been put in place a number of years ago and needed to be updated to reflect modern lifestyles.
“An increasing number of people walk in the early mornings, late afternoons and nights. Having their dogs on-leash presents no real public safety concerns during these times – the original reason for the restriction,” Cr Boglary said.
To have your say, written submissions must be received at Council by 26 March 2013 stating your support or opposition to the proposed amendment, and the reasons you support your view. A decision is expected at the Council meeting 17 April 2013.
Send your written submission to:
Chief Executive Officer
Redland City Council
PO Box 21
Cleveland QLD 4163
Copies of the proposed repealing local law are available on our website or for inspection and purchase at Council’s public office at Cnr Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.
For more information please contact (07) 3829 8591.