More time for dogs at Port Fairy's Beaches

Published on 29 November 2018

Dog on beach

Restrictions on dogs on Port Fairy’s beaches are to be eased this summer, giving dog owners more time on the beach with their dogs.

Restrictions normally start on December 1, but Council has decided to delay this until December 24

Exercising your dog on the beach is a great way to get outdoors, however as our beaches get busier over the summer months, there are beaches where dogs may be prohibited or required to be on a leash.

Restrictions on East Beach, and South Beach Port Fairy will prohibit dogs being on these beaches between 9am and 6pm from 24 December to Easter Monday 2019. Outside of those hours, dogs are permitted on the beaches without a lead.

In an additional change, dogs will be required to be on leashes within 50m of areas marked as hooded plover nesting sites on the town’s beaches.

The restrictions apply between Powling Street and the South Beach access steps at South Beach, and between Connolly Street and Battery Lane on East Beach, while the new plover area rule will apply between Connolly Street in the town’s north, and Anna Catherine Drive to the west.

Signage will be installed to make the changes clear to beach users.

“We have had a number of submissions recently regarding dogs on beaches,” said Moyne Shire mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe. “We have had to balance the benefits of exercising with dogs on our beaches, with the need to protect wildlife, especially birds such as the hooded plover.”

Restrictions at Killarney and Peterborough are unchanged.