Everyone’s been hanging out for summer, including our furry friends who will go barking mad if they miss out on a salty swim. Getting outdoors over summer is popular, and with beaches being a common choice, owners must keep in mind that dogs may be prohibited or required to be on leash.
Generally, dogs are prohibited at most Peninsula beaches from 9am-7pm during the daylight-saving period, and outside these hours they must be on a leash. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council suggests you keep an eye out for signs indicating whether it’s a leash-free or prohibited area when exercising your dogs on the beach. Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/dogsonbeaches to check what restrictions apply. For other designated leash-free areas across the Peninsula, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/leashfree
The council suggests you keep your dog on a lead until you get to the leash-free zone. And whenever you head out with your dog, make sure you follow instructions displayed on signs, stay out of prohibited areas, pick up and properly dispose of your dog’s poo, carry a leash, keep your dog under control in off-leash areas at all times, and don’t let your dog disturb other people, animals or wildlife.
The council is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and committees of management to encourage residents to properly manage their dogs’ behaviour at beaches and reserves, erecting signs across the Peninsula to inform owners of their responsibilities. Council community safety officers will be patrolling these areas to ensure the rules are being followed.
“We share a commitment to improving community safety and the enjoyment of our beaches by our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Despi O’Connor. “We hope both locals and visitors have an enjoyable time this summer when visiting Peninsula beaches. Be sure to treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you.”