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Council Plans To Let The Dogs Out

Story: Brooke Jacobson | Photo: slapics
Aug 28, 2019
Council plans to let the dogs out
Like a lot of Sandgate residents, Lulu enjoys a walk along the foreshore. From September (date to be confirmed), she might be enjoying it a little more freely.

Brisbane City Council have proposed a 12-month trial of a dog off-leash area, from Second Avenue, extending along the beach area in front of Lover’s Walk.

Lulu’s owner, Sandra Robertson, said her pampered pooch loved a walk along the beach.

“We walk Lulu down here everyday, the foreshore is why we live here,” Sandra said.

“Lulu is part of our family, so I’m excited to finally have an off-leash area on the sand that the whole family can enjoy.

“Fingers crossed that everyone acts responsibly, so that it becomes permanent.”

Deagon Ward councillor, Jared Cassidy, said there would be a range of community engagement in the lead up to, and during the trial.

“There will be clear signage to identify the foreshore dog off-leash areas, an information kiosk at the location and an online community survey to gather information on the area and resident’s understanding of shorebirds and responsible dog behaviour,” Cr Cassidy said.

“Following the trial, there will be an additional online community survey.”

The area in Sandgate for the dog off-leash trial was chosen after extensive research by the University of Queensland, and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, which included data on shorebird habitat, and the community’s demand for dog walking.

“I know there are strongly held views on both sides of the debate that has occurred locally around this issue, but it’s clear that there is a desire for people to see an area for dog off-leash use along the foreshore,” Cr Cassidy said.

“All of the locations around Brisbane for this trial must comply with strict Queensland Government standards in relation to the protection of shorebird habitat and other marine environmental values.

“Having a specific dog off-leash area means there can be greater protection of valuable migratory bird habitat along the rest of the foreshore.”