Dog owners – read the signs to avoid the fines
  • Tuesday 24 March 2009

Sunshine Coast Council has increased the number of patrols on local beaches and in the Currimundi Lake area to ensure dog owners are obeying local laws.

Council is reminding dog owners that of the 35 locations across the Sunshine Coast region set aside as dog-friendly areas, some have specific times when off-leash exercise is allowed and others are off-leash at all times.

Councillor Keryn Jones said that Currimundi Lake could be confusing for dog owners. From the Westaway Parade boat ramp to the beach, dogs are not allowed to swim in the lake at any time, either on or off leash.

“Although dogs on a leash are allowed on the coastal pathway and grassed areas, they’re not allowed on the sand or in the water at any time along this stretch,” she said.

“Council is also looking at improving signage in these areas to avoid confusion.”

Cr Jones said council officers would be stepping up patrols in this area – in response to demand from local residents – so it was important for dog owners to check the signs.

“Our patrols will be out and about and people could receive an on-the-spot fine of as much as $375,” Cr Jones said.

“Dog owners and non-dog owners need to find a way to live together, so council has designated areas set aside for people to let their dogs off the lead to run free and we have other areas and times where people are the priority.

“Problems occur when dog owners don’t obey the laws and their dogs then become a nuisance to others. The other reason dogs are not allowed in some areas is to protect native animals and resting sea birds.”