The Council review relating to dog restrictions on Borough of Queenscliffe beaches was conducted between September – December 2022, this review gauged community and stakeholder feedback and any need for change.
After much consideration, it was determined that an amendment to the dog restriction dates in December is required, as conflicting dog regulations between Council Local Laws and Parks Victoria (the body responsible for the Marine National Park beaches located in Point Lonsdale) are impractical. Council adopted the recommendation at the March Ordinary Meeting of Council that the summer dog restrictions be brought forward from the 15th of December to the 1st of December through until the last day of February in any year.
Dog Restrictions Order
In order to ensure consistent and well-understood dog restrictions that align fully with Parks Victoria, the body responsible for the Marine National Park beaches located in Point Lonsdale, an amendment of the dog restriction dates in December has been recommended by officers to Council.
The Borough of Queenscliffe gives notice that at the March Ordinary Meeting of Council, council adopted the amended Dog order below;
Borough of Queenscliffe
Domestic Animals Act 1994
The Council in the exercise of its powers under Section 26 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994
resolved that from the date of the publication of this Order that:
1. General Matters
a. The owner of any dog must keep the dog under effective control by means of a leash
or chain when they are in a public place in the municipal district, except where signs
designate an area as being available for unleashed dogs.
b. Dogs are not permitted on any beach in the municipal district between the hours of
9.00am and 8.00pm each day from the period from the first day of December until
the last day of February in any year.
2. Exceptions and obligations
Despite clause 1 (b), dogs may be exercised off leash at the Narrows Beach provided that an
owner has the dog under the effective control at all times and provided –
a. The dog remains under effective control by either voice or hand commands and the
dog remains within sight of the owner so that it can be immediately brought back
under control by placing it on a leash or chain if it becomes necessary to prevent the
dog wandering out of effective control or to avoid any intimidating behaviour or
threatening attack; and
b. The owner does not allow the dog to worry or threaten any person or animal and
does not allow the dog to attack any person or animal.
For the purposes of this Order:
a. “Public Place” has the same meaning as the Summary Offences Act 1966
b. “Owner” has the same meaning as in the Domestic Animals Act 1994
c. Narrows Beach is the beach that is adjacent to the are described as Dog Beach
carpark (also known as Narrows Beach carpark) in the Narrows, between Point
Lonsdale and Queenscliff. The Narrows Beach extends from the end of the rock sea
wall eastwards to a boundary which is approximately level with the west end of
Fraser Street, Queenscliff to the low water mark.
Any previous Orders made under Section 26 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 are repealed.
Acting Chief Executive Officer