Bellarine Bayside in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong has recently reviewed the Dog Orders for the Northern Bellarine reserves between Portarlington and St Leonards.

As the local government authority, the City is the responsible municipal authority for the management of dogs under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.  The pdfcurrent Animal Management Zones have been in place since 2010 and are in urgent need of review. 

UPDATE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Council has adopted new dog orders for public spaces in the northern Bellarine.

The dog orders, which were reviewed and adopted by Council in August, are the result of extensive community consultation coordinated by Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee and the City. As a consequence of this valued community feedback, the originally-exhibited draft dog orders were amended.

The newly-adopted orders will start to be implemented and enforced by the City of Greater Geelong later this year. In the meantime, both organisations will work with the community to design and deliver an engaging and accessible community education and awareness program.

The new dog orders for the northern Bellarine will offer fair and equitable access to public open space for all users. In recognition of the local lifestyle and semi-rural character of the communities, the new orders offer flexibility and opportunities for people to exercise their dogs in a responsible manner that respects the safety of the wider community.

Director, Planning and Development Joanne Van Slageren said she was pleased that the community has been heavily involved in shaping the dog orders that Council has adopted. “We will provide further information and advice later in the year when we move to implement and enforce the new orders,” Ms Slageren said.

To view the new orders and to keep up to date with plans for implementation and the engagement activities, please go to www.geelongaustralia.com.au or keep an eye out for updates on the Bellarine Bayside Facebook page.

Link to dog walking maps for the northern Bellarine.

Download the dog walking map file for the northern Bellarine.


UPDATE: 24 AUGUST 2017

Bellarine Bayside has been diligently collating and analysing feedback submissions received on the draft northern Bellarine dog orders that were exhibited during May 2017. More than 120 submissions were received, including one submission from the Woofers and Walkers Community Group with 866 signatures.

In response to the public submissions, and after meeting with a number of community groups including the Woofers and Walkers Group, Bellarine Bayside has incorporated a number of changes to the previously exhibited draft dog orders, such as seasonal zones, that ensure fair and equitable access to the foreshore reserves for all users, while at the same time providing a flexible approach to dog management that takes into account the local lifestyle preferences and environmental values.

Bellarine Bayside CEO, Mr John Nankervis said, “I am pleased that we were able to work closely with the relevant community groups in making changes to the exhibited draft dog orders, which I believe will achieve our original objectives and receive broad support across the local communities. I am particularly pleased to receive the support of the Woofers and Walkers Group for the changes we have made."

At its recent 4 August meeting, the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management endorsed the final set of revised dog orders and decided to refer the orders to the City of Greater Geelong for adoption and implementation. As a result of this process overlapping with the upcoming Council elections and the caretaker period, the new dog orders will not be implemented until April/May 2018.

Mr Nankervis explained that the implementation of the new orders will be accompanied by a community education program focusing on responsible dog ownership and the notion of ‘effective control’, designed and rolled-out in partnership with community groups such as Woofers and Walkers.

 

UPDATE: 14 August 2017

In response to the public submissions, Bellarine Bayside has incorporated a number of changes to the previously exhibited draft dog orders, such as seasonal zones, that ensure fair and equitable access to the foreshore reserves for all users, while at the same time providing a flexible approach to dog management that takes into account the local lifestyle preferences and environmental values.

At our recent 4 August 2017 meeting, the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management endorsed the final set of revised dog orders and decided to refer the orders to the City of Greater Geelong for adoption and implementation. As a result of this process overlapping with the upcoming Council elections and the caretaker period, the new dog orders will not be implemented until April/May 2018.

The implementation of the new orders will be accompanied by a community education program focusing on responsible dog ownership and the notion of ‘effective control’, designed and rolled-out in partnership with community groups such as Woofers and Walkers.

 

UPDATE: 3 July 2017

Bellarine Bayside would like to thank the community for the very high standard of submissions received in response to the exhibition of the draft dog orders for the Northern Bellarine.
 
While the consultation process run by the City of Greater Geelong covered a range of broad issues relating to the management of dogs across the municipality, over 120 community submissions were received specific to the Northern Bellarine draft dog orders, including one large submission from the Woofers and Walkers Community Group with 866 signatures.
 
The consultation phase has provided us with a wealth of information from community members that is now being analysed. Using the information contained within the submissions, we expect to make amendments to the draft dog orders ensuring fair and equitable access to the coastal foreshore environment for all users, and to provide flexibility when taking into account local lifestyle preferences and the semi-rural character of the reserves.

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