The East Coast community will get an update on a revised Dog Management Policy at the Break O’Day Council’s October meeting.
The council received 59 public submissions on the first revised policy draft, which was put to council earlier in the year.
The policy change aimed to balance the reasonable expectations of dog owners and the community by allowing dogs and their owners to continue to have the freedom to enjoy what the region has to offer.
It also aimed to ensure public health and safety were protected, and wildlife went unharmed.
Natural resource management facilitator Polly Buchhorn said the number and detail of submissions received was “unprecedented”.
They had been considered by the council since February, with changes made to the draft to reflect the submissions received.
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Changes included an extension of the prohibited area at Gardens Lagoon beaches, Moulting Bay beach, and Dianas Basin.
Also added was a new off-lead beach and seasonal no dog area on the river mouth, a seasonally restricted area at Denison Beach, and pn-lead only access at Chain of Lagoons.
The Binalong Bay off-lead and on-lead beaches and Boat Harbour Point restrictions were no longer proposed.
It was recommended that the community have a second opportunity to comment on the new draft.
At the meeting councillors will also discuss a notice of motion by Cr Hannah Rubenach-Quinn for a multi-user track from Hendersons Lagoon to Scamander.
The meeting will take place at the St Helens Council Chambers from 10am on October 15.
The agenda is available on the council’s website.