Council keeps an eye on dogs

BUNDABERG Regional Council is taking steps to ensure our beaches are safe and enjoyable while protecting the turtle nests, by introducing a program of daily beach patrols to regulate uncontrolled dogs seven days a week.

Portfolio Councillor Mary Wilkinson said dogs needed to be controlled by their owners at all times in public areas, particularly on beaches.

“Council Officers will be patrolling and may issue on-the-spot fines, which have now increased in line with state government guidelines to $100, and will be checking on dog registrations,” Cr Wilkinson said.

Natural Resource Management Portfolio Councillor Danny Rowleson said dog owners needed to be mindful of the turtle nesting requirements and a supreme effort made not to interfere.

Dogs are prohibited on the following beach areas:

Oaks Beach at Burnett Heads

Kelly’s Beach at Bargara (including the Basin and Money’s Creek)

Nielsen Park Beach at Bargara

Moore Park Beach, between beach access Palm View Drive and Beach Access Lassig Street

Mon Repos Beach and Conservation Park

Elliott Heads Beach

Elliott River Beach area — a narrow strip from the boat ramp, extending 170 metres west

Dogs are permitted off-leash on in the following areas of Woodgate Beach.

The southern section of Woodgate Beach from 50m south of the last pedestrian access way to 200m north of the Burrum River entrance;

On the northern end of Woodgate Beach from 50m north of the last residential allotment to the Theodolite Creek entrance on the northern end.

Dogs are permitted on all other beaches provided they are restrained on leashes.

More information can be found at or by telephoning 1300 883 699.

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