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​Proposed Leash-Free Areas for Murrays Beach, Sawtell and Ocean View Beach, Arrawarra Headland.
Council 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.
Murrays 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 opportunity.
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.
Ocean View Beach
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.
Written or online submissions regarding this proposal must be received by COB Friday 13 May 2016.
Written submissions should be addressed to:
General Manager,
Locked Bag 155,
Coffs Harbour 2450
For further information contact Sue Stewart on 02 6648 4875
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