Keep pooches well behaved on beaches


DOGS have a good run on most Mornington Peninsula beaches, but not all.

At some beaches they are prohibited and at others they must be leashed.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and local committees-of-management to encourage residents to better manage their dogs’ behaviour at certain beaches and foreshore and parks reserves.

These include those at Balnarring, Capel Sound, Dromana, Point King, Point Leo, Shoreham, Somers, and Whitecliffs-to-Camerons Bight. Signs there aim to educate dog owners on their responsibilities.

The shire says its officers will be patrolling regularly to ensure dogs are leashed in all public areas (unless in a designated area), that owners carry bags to collect their dog’s litter, that owners have their dogs under control in leash-free areas, and that their dogs are not on beaches when not permitted.

The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Together with DELWP and local committees-of-management, we share a commitment to improving community safety and the enjoyment of our beaches by our residents and visitors.

“We hope locals and visitors have an enjoyable time this summer when visiting our beaches.

“Please treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you.”

To see leash free areas on the peninsula, visit

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 8 December 2020


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