Dogs must obey beach restrictions

DOG owners are being asked to keep their dogs on a lead or off beaches where pooches are prohibited this festive season.

As thousands flock to the East Coast to kick back and relax, Break O'Day Mayor Sarah Schmerl said people should take note of restrictions in place at certain beaches.

Dogs are banned from Binalong Bay Beach and Taylors Beach in the Bay of Fires until March 31 between 10am and 8pm and must be on a lead at all times.

Meanwhile, dogs must be on a lead while being walked along Scamander, Templestowe Lagoon, Marouard and Mariposa beaches.

All limitations are in the council's Dog Management Policy and anyone found to have breached the act could be fined up to $1300.

"We are mindful of our environmental factors in the area and also people's well-being," Cr Schmerl said.

"We want people to be able to play safely and enjoy the beaches so we ask people to abide by the signs of where dogs are and aren't allowed to be.

"The majority of people do the right thing and are interested in making sure their dog has a safe time as well and is not interfering with other people."

Dogs are forbidden in all national parks and most reserves.

There is a dog exercise area at the St Helens Sports Complex.

For more information, visit www.bodc.tas.gov.au

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