Queens Beach Dog Trial decision a step closer

Published 1:35pm 9 December 2020

Queens Beach Dog Trial decision a step closer
Words by Jodie Powell

Two months of formal public consultation will pave the way for a final decision about the future of a dog off-leash area at Scarborough’s Queens Beach North.

After four years, Council has voted to put an end date on the Queens Beach North dog off-leash area trial.

The trial area, which will end on April 1, 2021, will be reduced to a 425m stretch from the northern most point to where Griffith Rd meets Flinders Parade.

South of that point will revert back to the original on-leash requirement and Council officers will enforce regulations, after repeat complaints from residents about dog owners not maintaining effective control of their dogs.

Final consultation

Mayor Peter Flannery says the decision is now in public hands.

“There’s been a lot of modifications to the trial at this site, now we are conducting a final and formal community consultation period that will start tomorrow (December 10) and end February 19,” Mayor Flannery says.

“I believe it’s right and proper for everyone concerned to have their say and have their voice heard, so that this can come back to Council for a final decision.”

Mayor Flannery urges the community to have a say, so a comprehensive report can be prepared for Council to make a final decision by April.

“It will then be Council’s job to determine the best course of action to balance the interests of beach-goers, dog owners, residents and visitors,” he says.

“We want Moreton Bay Region to be the most accessible and liveable Council in South East Queensland, and a big part of that is having options for recreation.”

Queens Beach Dog Trial decision a step closer

Off-leash area reduced

New signs will clearly designate where the off-leash area starts and ends and where the on-leash area starts, as well as other information related to the designated Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA).

Even within a DOLA dog owners must maintain control of their pets at all times - this also includes a requirement to have them on a leash while walking from a vehicle to a DOLA.

Residents in the surrounding area will receive advice in their letterboxes about the final trial and Council staff will be on site to provide this advice to beach goers.

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