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1. That Council make the following changes to the Companion Animals Control Areas procedure:
1.1. Tathra area:
A. Lions Park (near Mogareeka), which is currently a DOG
PROHIBITED area be changed to DOG ON LEASH (Fig A);
B. The old punt landing on the south west side of the Bega
River (H, which is currently DOG PROHIBITED be changed to DOG OFF LEASH (Fig A);
C. Mogareeka reserve, on the north east side of Bega River in
the vicinity of Bay Drive, which is currently DOG PROHIBITED be changed to DOG
ON LEASH (Fig A);
D. Kianniny Reserve, which is currently DOG PROHIBITED be
changed to DOG OFF LEASH (Fig B);
1.2. Pambula Beach area:
B. Pambula River mouth, which is currently DOG PROHIBITED be
changed to DOG ON LEASH (Fig C).
Park, which is currently DOG PROHIBITED be changed to DOG ON LEASH.
2. That Council consider further consultation with communities in Eden and Bermagui.
On October 31 council resolved to
publicly exhibit a draft Companion Animals Control Areas Procedure. There were
44 submissions received, including 27 written submissions and 17 via Council’s “Have your say” social media
platform. They were summarised in the May 8 Council meeting agenda.
On May 8 council adopted a new version
of the Procedure (4.06.6) and rescinded the previous version.
Subsequently staff erected new signs or
replaced signs across the shire to distinguish areas
that are dog prohibited; dog on leash; and dog off leash. Many areas across the
shire were unaffected by the updated policy, however the heightened awareness
of new signage left many residents shocked at the policy reality of recreational areas in their neighbourhood.
In addition, some residents have taken
issue with Council’s changes to the policy, which in some
cases they claim is inconsistent with the Companion Animals Act 1998.
As such, I spoke with various groups across the shire who have proposed some modest
changes to Council’s Companion Animals Control Areas
Procedure. See appendix A where an explanation of the suggested changes is
provided along with maps.
For clarity, I have separated the recommendations into three geographic areas across the
It’s worth noting that all residents have been supportive of the
protection of wildlife and shared areas in the community and have been mindful
to make the recommendations as inclusive as possible. Inevitably, the Bega
Valley Shire is a dog-friendly community that values
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A - Off Leash Areas and Diagrams