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Source: State of Victoria Local Government

From Tuesday, 1 December Bass Coast Shire Council’s summer regulations relating to dogs on beaches come in to effect.

Dog owners are encouraged to make sure they are following the regulations by checking the signs at the access points to beaches and reserves or by visiting Council’s website at: www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/dogwalking.

There are several off-leash beach areas across Bass Coast, including three on Phillip Island, one in San Remo and several others from Inverloch through to Grantville. Dogs must be kept on a leash when walking along tracks through the foreshore.

A few things to remember when using the off-leash beach areas with your dog include:

  • You must carry a leash and use it immediately if the situation calls for it;
  • Your dog must be under effective voice control at all times;
  • Your dog mustn’t rush, jump on any person or attack any person or animal; and
  • You must keep your dog in sight at all times.

Additionally, dog owners using off-leash areas on Phillip Island and San Remo must also bring their dog under effective control when within 50 metres of a signed threatened species wildlife refuge area. This helps to protect Hooded Plover nesting sites, which maybe located within a designated off-leash area. Failure to follow these rules could result in enforcement action.

Council Officers will be patrolling beaches, off-leash areas and parks throughout the summer period to make sure everyone is doing the right thing and having a great time. Where appropriate, Council Officers will issue infringement notices to dog owners who are found doing the wrong thing.

All dogs must be on a leash when out in public and not in a designated off-leash area. Failure to do so can result in an infringement of $165. You must also pick up after your dog when out in public and carry bags with which to do so. Failure to pick up after your dog or carry bags carries an infringement of up to $200.

For more information, please contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/dogwalking.

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