Dogs On Beaches - Research Paper and Study

This consultation has concluded.

Council is preparing a research paper on allowing the use of Warringah's beaches for dog exercise including swimming. Currently dogs are prohibited from all beaches in Warringah.

Some other councils (mainly those outside the Sydney metropolitan area) do allow dogs to access some beaches for exercise and swimming. While some of these beaches are for unlimited use many have timed restrictions so the beach can only be used for dog exercise outside of peak public use. No council allows dogs near or within flagged swimming areas.

One issue Council faces is that a number of people are taking their dogs to Long Reef and illegally swimming them in environmentally sensitive areas. Council has a desire to divert these people to areas that may be more suitable.

We would like to seek the community's views on whether we should allocate any beaches in Warringah for use by dogs with their owners for exercise and swimming.

Council is preparing a research paper on allowing the use of Warringah's beaches for dog exercise including swimming. Currently dogs are prohibited from all beaches in Warringah.

Some other councils (mainly those outside the Sydney metropolitan area) do allow dogs to access some beaches for exercise and swimming. While some of these beaches are for unlimited use many have timed restrictions so the beach can only be used for dog exercise outside of peak public use. No council allows dogs near or within flagged swimming areas.

One issue Council faces is that a number of people are taking their dogs to Long Reef and illegally swimming them in environmentally sensitive areas. Council has a desire to divert these people to areas that may be more suitable.

We would like to seek the community's views on whether we should allocate any beaches in Warringah for use by dogs with their owners for exercise and swimming.

This consultation has concluded.
  • Final Outcome and Council Report

    almost 4 years ago

    At the June 2012 meeting of Council, Councillors voted 9-1 against trialling dog swimming at Curl Curl beach at any time based on research that showed conflicts with other users in the area.

    Council had originally resolved in August 2010 to research the possibility of allowing dogs swimming and unleashed dog exercise at beaches in the Northern area of Warringah. The results from this research, including recommendations that no beaches were suitable, were submitted in a research paper to Council on 22 November 2011.

    Council then resolved on 13 December 2011 to conduct further study into using sections of Curl Curl beach as a dog unleashed exercise and swimming area. A final report was submitted to Council on the 26th June 2012 summarising the outcome of this study that informed Councils final decision to not allow dog swimming at any of Warringah's surf beaches.

    At the June 2012 meeting of Council, Councillors voted 9-1 against trialling dog swimming at Curl Curl beach at any time based on research that showed conflicts with other users in the area.

    Council had originally resolved in August 2010 to research the possibility of allowing dogs swimming and unleashed dog exercise at beaches in the Northern area of Warringah. The results from this research, including recommendations that no beaches were suitable, were submitted in a research paper to Council on 22 November 2011.

    Council then resolved on 13 December 2011 to conduct further study into using sections of Curl Curl beach as a dog unleashed exercise and swimming area. A final report was submitted to Council on the 26th June 2012 summarising the outcome of this study that informed Councils final decision to not allow dog swimming at any of Warringah's surf beaches.

  • Public Exhibition - Submissions closed 28 Feb 2012

    almost 4 years ago

    Warringah Council is seeking submissions on whether the central section of Curl Curl Beach should be an unleashed dog exercise area at restricted times.

    On 13 December, 2011, Council resolved to; “Undertake a study with the view to trialling dog swimming at Curl Curl beach, during non-peak hours and not within 100 metres of the flags and that the study be returned to Council at the earliest possible opportunity.”

    The study is focussing on the central part of Curl Curl Beach adjacent to Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve which is an unleashed dog exercise area.

    It is proposed that dogs would not be allowed on the beach during peak times which would primarily include when the flags are up. They would also not be allowed in the areas where the flags are normally positioned nor in the vicinity of the rock platforms or rock pools.

    Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 all dogs in unleashed areas are required to be under effective control of a competent person. Additionally it is an offence to not remove any droppings done by your dog. These requirements would apply to any dogs on the beach with fines starting at $220.

    Council is also undertaking an environmental assessment to determine the possible impact to flora and fauna in the area.

    Council Policy also currently states that “Before allocating an area as a free-run area for dogs Council will ensure there is no conflict with other users of the area”.

    Submissions can be made by emailing council@warringah.nsw.gov.au or writing to Projects Coordinator Dogs on Beaches, Warringah Council Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW, 2099. Submissions close on 28 February.

    Warringah Council is seeking submissions on whether the central section of Curl Curl Beach should be an unleashed dog exercise area at restricted times.

    On 13 December, 2011, Council resolved to; “Undertake a study with the view to trialling dog swimming at Curl Curl beach, during non-peak hours and not within 100 metres of the flags and that the study be returned to Council at the earliest possible opportunity.”

    The study is focussing on the central part of Curl Curl Beach adjacent to Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve which is an unleashed dog exercise area.

    It is proposed that dogs would not be allowed on the beach during peak times which would primarily include when the flags are up. They would also not be allowed in the areas where the flags are normally positioned nor in the vicinity of the rock platforms or rock pools.

    Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 all dogs in unleashed areas are required to be under effective control of a competent person. Additionally it is an offence to not remove any droppings done by your dog. These requirements would apply to any dogs on the beach with fines starting at $220.

    Council is also undertaking an environmental assessment to determine the possible impact to flora and fauna in the area.

    Council Policy also currently states that “Before allocating an area as a free-run area for dogs Council will ensure there is no conflict with other users of the area”.

    Submissions can be made by emailing council@warringah.nsw.gov.au or writing to Projects Coordinator Dogs on Beaches, Warringah Council Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW, 2099. Submissions close on 28 February.

  • Online Forum

    almost 4 years ago