Dogs and scooters welcome in Port Fairy

Published on 10 November 2021

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Moyne Shire Councillors have listened to community feedback and will not proceed with changes to local laws to ban dogs and toy vehicles from the Port Fairy CBD. 

Councillors on Tuesday voted not to proceed with the changes after community consultation showed little support for the proposed ban over the busy tourist season. 

Moyne Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Bill Millard said the council had taken on board feedback from the community. 

“There were some genuine concerns raised and council recognised that. Councillors put forward a proposal and asked the community for feedback,” Mr Millard said. 

“We had one of the largest responses ever received and there was strong feedback against the proposed changes to the local laws. 

“People raised legitimate concerns and suggested some changes were needed, council will continue to assess those suggestions and look at how to address those.” 

Council received 493 submissions relating to the ban on dogs, with 367 of those opposed to the local law amendment. 92 were in support of the amendments and 34 indicated support for alternative arrangements. 

In relation to the proposed ban on toy vehicles, Council received 351 submissions with 267 of those opposed to the amendment. 59 were in support of the amendment and 25 indicated support for alternative arrangements. 

A petition with 1455 names was also received opposed to the amendments as well as a joint letter with 16 signatures in support of the amendments. 

Mr Millard said while the laws wouldn’t be changed it was a timely reminder for people to be responsible when taking their pets out while enjoying all Port Fairy has to offer. 

“We all know Port Fairy is a popular spot over the summer period – so we all need to do our bit to make sure it can be enjoyed by everyone, keep your dog under control, make sure you clean up after it and if your little ones are enjoying a ride or scoot up the street, take other footpath users into consideration.” he said. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing lots of people back in main streets of Port Fairy this summer enjoying a coffee or lunch supporting our fantastic local businesses with their dog and kids out and about on their scooters and bikes.” 

 

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