Proposed Leash-Free Areas for Murrays Beach, Sawtell and Ocean View Beach, Arrawarra Headland.
is seeking community views on establishing a dog off-leash area on Murrays
Beach, Sawtell and Ocean View Beach, Arrawarra Headland. In the interests of balancing
the needs of all users of the beach Council wants input from residents and
beachgoers about what they think would be the best dog zoning for all users of
Murrays Beach and Ocean View Beach.
At present dogs are permitted on leash only on Murrays
Beach. Council has previously explored introducing an off-leash area on Murrays
Beach, however the matter was not progressed. Residents have now requested that
council reconsider the matter because Boambee Beach (the nearest off-leash area) supports many
competing activities that may not be compatible with dogs off leash. Access to
Boambee Beach is also considered to be problematic for mobility
impaired/elderly people. Council now considers it timely to gauge community
support for a variation of the previous proposal, being a timed off-leash
The proposal would allow dogs to be off leash on
Murrays Beach between the hours of 4pm and 8am. Outside of these times the beach
would revert to on-leash only. The
current dog prohibition south of Murrays
Beach (on Sawtell Beach)
would remain in place.
At present dogs are permitted on leash only on Oceanview
Beach with an off-leash area available on Pipeclay Beach. Residents have
expressed concern that access to Pipeclay Beach is problematic and that, because
of the popularity of the beach, it is often quite congested. Ocean View Beach offers
a more accessible location with less competing recreational activity.
The proposal would allow dogs to be off leash
on Ocean View Beach. The current dog off-leash area on Pipeclay Beach would
remain in place.
If the community feedback is positive Council will
trial the leash-free sites for 12 months and, depending on the success of the
trial, establish permanent leash-free sites.
or online submissions regarding this proposal must be received by COB Friday 13 May
Written submissions should be addressed to:
Locked Bag 155,
Coffs Harbour 2450
For further information contact Sue Stewart on 02 6648 4875
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