This is a place for community members to provide valuable input into plans that will help shape a better Kingborough Council for everyone.
Dog Management Policy
The Draft Dog Management Policy sets out a code relating to responsible ownership of dogs and includes the provision of declared areas.
Under the Dog Control Act 2000, Council has the ability to restrict dogs at all times from a declared area. While the Draft Policy has used this provision (to either restrict from entering an area at all times or restricted to being restrained on a lead), there has also been an introduction of two new off-lead exercise areas in the lower Channel area.
The current Draft Policy provides a consistent approach to dog control throughout Kingborough and reflects the feedback provided in the community consultation carried out in 2017.
Have a look at the Draft Policy and submit your feedback here. Submissions close Monday, 25 June 2018.
As this forum is for submitting ideas and hopefully reach a community conclusion I shall submit ... Taroona has always been a no dogs on beach suburb. No rights have been taken away. This is the reaso... BACKGROUND
Council’s Dog Management Policy was adopted in February 2010 and expired in January... Why has only part of the Apex Park in Taroona been designated an off lead area?
For years and year... I support the code of responsible dog ownership.
I know from personal experience how irresponsible ... Increasingly, the sheer number of people walking their dogs on Taroona beaches - against the rules -... The regulation of dogs on Taroona Beach should be viewed in the context of dog regulation around the... This seems like quite an excessive and prohibitive Dog Management Policy. Personally, I find it real... As aresident of Taroona I do and have for many years paid extra for the privilege of having a dog, w... As a dog owner I pay extra to the council, first for the privilege of having a dog but secondly the ... As a family with young children who regularly use the beaches in Taroona and Blackmans Bay I would l... As a Long term Taroona resident, and previous dog owner, I don't think that there should be chan... Hooray! At last the rights of humans to use public places, especially beaches , is to be restored.
... I support the policy.
If an authority exercising a proper duty of care has to chose between one... Kingborough Council appears to offer the most limited, most restricted access to public areas of all... Kingborough Council appears to offer the most limited, most restricted access to public areas of all... Essentially I am not anti-dog but I would like to see the existing dog areas retained and no other a... I am strongly opposed to the reduction in the dog exercise area at Taroona Apex Park. As a regular ... The bulk of this was originally posted as a reply to someone else's post, but I feel strongly en... This is an excellent Draft Dog Management Policy. It is a policy that is very much needed for a high... I strongly support the Draft Dog Management Policy. I specifically support restricting dog access t... I can't believe that the Council put out a draft plan for comment last year and then took no acc... As a long time resident of Coninghamand living next to the main beach, I see first hand the movement... These proposed restrictions are ridiculous. They will only generate more conflict. If this is our Co... I am very concerned that the dog exercise area in the Taroona Park May be reduced in size. If anythi... So, just to be clear on the statistics. The population of Kingborough is about 36,000 and the averag... I disagree with more restrictions on areas dogs can access and whether they can be off lead. The co... I have just checked the Taroona Apex Park off leash area after seeing another post and I have to say... I think the proposed policy creates blanket rules that are not necessary and certainly unfair agains... My concern is purely for the beaches.The beaches in Taroona are gorgeous, from visiting other dog be... I disagree with the proposal as it stands. The Apex park area has virtually been halved. Its purel... Hi,
As a dog owner I am really upset that this is the way of the future, where dogs won’t be al... I am disappointed at the increasingly small number of places I can exercise my dogs. As an example, ... As a resident of Taroona, I strongly support the Draft Dog Management Policy restricting dogs from b... "Dog ownership has proven benefits to the community through better health, wellbeing, companions... As a long time resident in the Kingborough area I am a strong supporter of making the area more dog ... Please reconsider the alteration to Taroona Apex park. The playground, community centre, and playhou... I am deeply disappointed in the new draft policy re: dogs. My husband and I specifically choose to ... Some passionate responses here – both sides arguing to the ridiculous.
Dog parks/be... The policy will inevitably not be liked by everyone but is probably something we should try to live ... I have noticed that the off lead dog exercise area at the Apex Park has been severely reduced in siz... A Draft Policy was released a couple of months back and that particular draft was going to allow dog... Hi Kingborough Council,
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.
As one ... I strongly support the Draft Dog Management Policy restricting dogs from beaches unless declared dog... The dog management policy does not set out what the restrictions on the beaches are likely to be so ... I strongly support the proposed draft dog policy. In my opinion and experience as a mother of young ... Listen to responsible dog owners and not people who don’t like dogs. They seem to have so much to ... from Lynda Hewitt via Facebook
Dogs that can’t be exercised and allowed to run free are going to ... It will soon be seen that people will stop exercising with their dogs. It will be too restrictive t... I don't understand the need for prohibited areas on beaches if they are restricted areas unless ... I suggest that people and councillors take a look at Hobart City Council and how they handle and res... How about fencing the dog exercise area on Kingston View Drive?
Something like what HCC have done ... Would it be possible to allow dogs on Taroona Beach during non daylight saving time like they do in ... I think this is an excellent policy and strongly support it. My only suggestion/idea is that I would... Referring to dogs not being allowed in shopping centres - I have previously walked my dog to Big W a... This seems to be a massive shift towards an anti-dog approach, why?
It would appear dogs are being ... I understand the council want to ban dogs from most beaches. Many people in Taroona love walking th... Can 4.7 b) 'any shopping centre or any shop' to be clarified further?
For example - is i...
1 week ago
I understand the council want to ban dogs from most beaches. Many people in Taroona love walking their dogs. Very few people complain. So why pander to those people? That is undemocratic. Dog owners are held to ransom by a few dog haters. What annoys me is that Kingborough Council seems more intent on representing the views of a very small vocal minority than the silent majority of people! Quite frankly, the Council should be telling that small minority to sod off and encouraging more responsible dog ownership, than setting more rules and regulations. I will not vote for Councillors who fail to st...
1 week ago
I strongly support the Draft Dog Management Policy restricting dogs from beaches unless declared dog areas on the basis of public health and safety. I am not ‘anti-dogs’, but I do believe they should not be allowed on beaches.
As a daily user of Taroona Beach I object to the numerous dog owners who ignore the Council’s existing 2010 Dog Management Policy every day and allow their dogs to run all over the beach off-leash, chase bird life, jump up on me and regularly defecate on the beach.
Dogs on beaches are a health hazard. Dogs carry diseases which can be transmitted to humans by dire...
1 week ago
So, just to be clear on the statistics. The population of Kingborough is about 36,000 and the average household size (from the census) is 2.6 people. So there are about 14,000 households. There were 6,200 dogs registered in Taroona which equates to 44% of households own a dog. Receipts from dog registrations increased from $213,000 in 2016 to $320,000 in 2017 being a 50% increase in revenue to the council in one year alone! In spite of this the council draft dog management policy imposes greater restrictions and reduced off lead areas, (Apex Park area has been halved!), while stating that “Dogs mak...
1 week ago
I strongly support the proposed draft dog policy. In my opinion and experience as a mother of young children, dog exercise areas should be separated from children's playgrounds and bbq and picnic areas, for safety and hygiene reasons. On Taroona Beach, there is also a children's playground and a bbq area which is used regularly by young families. Taroona Apex Park is a large designated dog exercise area only a few hundred metres away from Taroona Beach, and is safe as the nearby children's playground is fully fenced. Thank you to the Kingborough Council for taking a sensible position on t...
1 week ago
A Draft Policy was released a couple of months back and that particular draft was going to allow dogs on the northern end of Taroona Beach (north of the boat ramp). That same Draft Policy was also going to allow dogs on Blackmans Bay beach and I understand that the vociferously vocal minority complained enough about that recommendation to warrant the Council to hold off releasing the Draft Policy for comment. Fast forward to this current Draft Policy and what do we see - nothing...........no dogs on Taroona Beach at all.....deleted without explanation. Who got to the Councillors??
The current Dr...
1 week ago
I think this is an excellent policy and strongly support it. My only suggestion/idea is that I would like there to be details around the consequences for people breaking the policy and how the council intend to enforce the policy. Is there a way for members of the public to report breaches etc?
1 week ago
I suggest that people and councillors take a look at Hobart City Council and how they handle and restrict the dog exercise areas and especially the beach areas where dogs can go off lead.
NutGrove and Long Beach are a great example. Off Lead between 7pm and 8am DS time, this would not interfere with children or sunbathers, and it has worked well at Nut Grove, people actually enjoy a conversation with each other as they do at Kingston Beach when our dogs are enjoying the free time.
At other times 3pm to 9am, isn't this discussion about compromise, we should be able to share this beach no one s...
1 week ago
Can 4.7 b) 'any shopping centre or any shop' to be clarified further?
For example - is it an offence to walk my dog to Coles and tie her up outside while I grab milk?
1 week ago
from Lynda Hewitt via Facebook
Dogs that can’t be exercised and allowed to run free are going to get anxious, they will bark more, they can become snappy and they will be more of a nuisance. Not everyone has time in the day to drive to the minimal off lead areas to walk their dogs when they have structured their time to walk them more locally.
People made an informed decision on choosing to have a dog based on their lifestyle and the ability to exercise them locally. There will be more dogs in shelters as owners can no longer keep them. It’s not environmentally feasible, more petrol, there i...
1 week ago
Some passionate responses here – both sides arguing to the ridiculous.
Dog parks/beaches are an important component of community interaction/meeting place, and create stronger communities.
The number of off-leash areas in kingborough council is limited, with high load of dogs in approved areas reducing amenity of those areas. There appears strong support here for a portion of beach in Taroona (north of Taroona Beach boat ramp) as proposed in a prior draft policy, as an appropriate compromise.
The limitations on dogs in public places is counter-productive. A well-supervised d...