Cr Dwyer - Business owners have final say on dogs
  • Friday 27 June 2014

There have been some incorrect comments in the community about the State Government legislation surrounding dogs in cafes.

It’s important to understand these rules are governed by the National Food Safety Standards which stipulate that dogs are prohibited in restaurants or cafes that have either permanent or temporary walls, including plastic roller blinds.

Business owners with compliant alfresco dining premises will have the final say on whether or not to allow dogs – not council and not dog owners.

I understand that many dog owners love the companionship of their pets while enjoying a coffee or meal at our restaurants and cafes, however council’s local laws have to reflect the state legislation.

Remaining vital and vibrant

As the face of the Sunshine Coast changes, it becomes imperative Caloundra CBD remains a competitive, vital, vibrant and attractive business, shopping and social experience.

Project 4551, a research partnership with Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and funded through council’s parking program, is focussed on ensuring Caloundra’s CBD is up to the task of competing with other business precincts such as Maroochydore and Kawana, North Lakes, Chermside and Brisbane City and, in the future, Caloundra South.

Caloundra’s successful evolution will depend on a mix of tenancies such as speciality shops, health, professional and retail outlets, which will allow Caloundra to remain a prosperous and popular precinct.

I’m looking forward to working alongside the Chamber of Commerce to develop revitalisation strategies when the research findings are released.


If you see any issues needing council’s attention, the quickest and easiest way to inform us is via email:  or phone 5475 7272.

This column first appeared in Caloundra Weekly on June 26, 2014.