Eldon Hall would like to see all Bargara beaches free from dogs.
Eldon Hall would like to see all Bargara beaches free from dogs. Mike Knott

Call for dog ban on beaches

DOGS should not be allowed on Bundaberg's pristine beaches, according to Bargara resident Eldon Hall.

Mr Hall said residents who took their dogs to beaches were not being responsible.

He said a walk along Rifle Range Beach showed dog poo along the shore line, which was “disgusting”.

“It's disgraceful,” Mr Hall said.

“I walk on that beach every morning; there are more dog turds there now than we have ever seen.”

Mr Hall said while some people picked up after their dogs there were plenty of people who neglected to.

“Brides go down and get married on the beach,” he said.

“I know of at least one girl who went down and dragged her nice wedding dress through it.”

Mr Hall said there were plenty of grass areas and parks around, which dogs could play in.

“If you could add up the sandy beach between Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads you wouldn't even have three kilometres of sandy beach,” he said.

“The little part of beaches that Bundaberg does have should be kept for the families, the locals and the tourists, not the dogs.”

Bargara resident Matthew Kardosch had his Staffy, Buddha, at the beach last Friday.

He said as long as people cleaned up after their dogs, there should not be an issue.

“I reckon they should be able to be on the beach as long as you keep an eye on them and put them on the leash when there is another dog around,” he said.

“People do need to clean up after them.”

Mr Kardosch said he kept an eye on his dog while it was on the beach.

“If it's on the beach where the kids are playing you definitely need to clean it up.”

Bundaberg Regional Cr Greg Barnes said dogs were allowed on all sandy areas of beach that were not declared bathing reserves.

He said council patrols had been to Rifle Range Beach this week and had not found any dog owner without a dog poo bag.



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