Rules Change for Dogs on Port Fairy Beaches

Published on 03 June 2019

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Dogs and their owners will have more access to Port Fairy’s beaches, following a Local Law amendment being passed at May’s Council meeting to move the start of the annual dog restriction period from 1 December to Christmas Eve.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Councillor Mick Wolfe said the decision came after a trial was conducted in December 2018 and considered submissions made by the public.

“The majority of Port Fairy’s summer visitors do not arrive until Boxing Day so it makes sense that local dog owners get to enjoy three extra weeks of day time access at all Port Fairy beaches,” Councillor Wolfe said.

“While I know there are some in our community opposed to the change, most of us are responsible dog owners who enjoy taking our dogs to the beach during the day, especially as the weather warms up.”

The amendment also includes rules to further protect local hooded plover populations, with dogs now required to be restrained within 50 metres of marked nest sites between Connolly Street and Anna Catherine Drive.

“Further signage will be erected to indicate where hooded plovers are nesting and in these areas dogs will have to be on a lead at all times,” Councillor Wolfe said.

“The decision to keep dogs restrained in these areas is a direct response to a community-led petition that highlighted the importance of reducing impacts of dogs on shore nesting birds, in particular, hooded plovers.”