Council seeks comment on draft dog management policy for the City of Clarence

Council seeks comment on draft dog management policy for the City of Clarence

Clarence City Council has released a draft dog management policy for public comment.

The policy sets out the principles in regards to a Code of Responsible Dog Ownership, fee structure and where dogs can be exercised in the City.

Changes have been proposed on declared areas and for a more simplified process for kennel licences.

Minor changes to the policy include fee incentives for trained dogs and free registration for the year in which a dog is adopted from the Greyhound Adoption Program.

The Acting Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Jock Campbell, said it was important to gain feedback on the proposed changes to deliver a sound dog management policy for the entire community.

“This policy aims to provide a realistic approach to dog management in our City which meets our statutory responsibilities but also balances the needs of both dog and non-dog owners,” Alderman Campbell said.

“Community feedback received in July and August this year has helped shape this policy.

“In particular, we suggested that a section of Roches Beach at Lauderdale from the canal be declared an off-lead area and the Bellerive Boardwalk perimeter changed from a prohibited area to on-lead, which will allow dogs to remain on the multi-user pathway from Victoria Esplanade to Kangaroo Bay Drive. Both suggestions were widely supported and have been included in this policy.”

A further proposed change is that dogs will not be allowed on the western section of Bellerive Beach from the First Bluff up to the beach access track at Beach Street. There will be no change to existing arrangements for the rest of the beach.

The Draft Dog Management Policy and feedback forms can be obtained from the Council’s website at http://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=1777 or the Council offices. Submissions close on Friday 16 October 2015.

Following public consultation, the Draft Dog Management Policy and Schedule of Declared Areas will be reviewed and presented to Council for adoption.

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