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Complaints about irresponsible dog owners spark new education campaign

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An education campaign will be run at Point Cartwright during the Easter school holidays to ensure dog owners know their responsibilities and are doing the right thing.

There have been numerous complaints during the past few months and divisional councillor Joe Natoli said residents and recreational users of the popular area were fed-up with irresponsible dog owners.

“We know people love coming to Point Cartwright, and it’s a very popular area for exercising dogs,” Cr Natoli said.

“But, the large number of dogs visiting the area has also resulted in an increase in noise and other issues which is causing considerable distress to the local community and visitors to the area.

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“We’ve received numerous complaints about dog waste not being picked up and disposed of correctly, dogs not under effective control, dogs being allowed to roam off-leash during designated on-leash times, dogs running into the bushland, jumping on other park users and creating safety concerns for other park users.

Point Cartwright is a popular area for exercising dogs but some visitors are not doing the right thing. Picture: Shutterstock

“It’s time dog owners took their responsibilities seriously, which is why we’ll be visiting the area every day during the Easter school holidays to ensure dog owners are doing the right thing.”

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Between April 1 and 14, Council’s Response Services staff will attend a daily pop-up education booth to discuss responsible dog management with as many users of the area as possible.

Response Services Education Officer Hannah Maloney with Division 4 Councillor Joe Natoli. Council’s Response Services staff will attend a daily pop-up education booth to discuss responsible dog management with users of Point Carwtright.

“We want to remind the community about their responsibilities as pet owners, where and when their dogs can exercise in public, ensure their dogs are under effective control at all times and their waste is disposed of correctly,” Cr Natoli said.

“Our public spaces are for everybody to enjoy so it’s important that dog owners know their responsibilities when using shared spaces and that they are being respectful of other users.”

In addition to the pop-ups, council will also place additional signage in the area and provide suggestions for alternative locations for exercising dogs nearby.

For information about exercising your dog in the Sunshine Coast, including off-leash, on-leash and prohibited areas visit dogs.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

For more information about responsible pet ownership visit http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Animals-and-Pets

Off-leash areas on Sunshine Coast

Aroona (Aroona Park) Adjacent to Bushlark Street – At times indicated on signs

Aroona (Ridgehaven Park *unfenced area) Kalana Road – At times indicated on signs

Aroona (Ridgehaven Park *fenced dog park) Kalana Road – Off-leash at all times

Beerwah (Mill Park) *fenced area Simpson Street – Off-leash at all times

Bli Bli (Muller Park) Reserve 375 Cnr Muller Park Road and David Low Way – Off-leash all times

Brightwater (Brightwater sports field) Heliconia Street Mountain Creek – Off-leash at all times

Buddina (Point Cartwright) Reserve Pacific Boulevard – At times and locations indicated on signs *4pm–8am*

Buddina (Point Cartwright Beach Access 196 to 197) Entrance at La Balsa Park bitumen path along rock wall to river mouth – At times and locations indicated on signs *4pm–8am*

Buddina (Point Cartwright Headland Beach Access 198 to 201) Pacific Boulevard south to Gulai Street – Off-leash at all times

Buddina (Buddina Beach Beach Access 210 to 217) Mawarra Street to Talinga Street – Off-leash at all times

Buderim (Elizabeth Daniels Park *fenced area) Syd Lingard Drive – Off-leash at all times

Coolum (Coolum Beach Beach Access 67 to 72) Northern end of Coolum Caravan Park Extending 1km north of Stumers Creek – Off-leash at all times

Currimundi (Currimundi Beach Beach Access 249 to 253) Moondara Drive, Wurtulla to Currimundi Creek – Off-leash at all times

Currimundi (Currimundi Beach Beach Access 255 to 262) Gothic Parade to Ann Street. *Dogs to remain on lead in carpark -Off-leash all times *Area begins past the beach access sign

Currimundi (Graham Stewart Park *Outside the fenced children’s play area) Cnr Currimundi Road and Farlow Street – At times indicated on signs

Dicky Beach (Coochin Park) Cnr Beerburrum and Cooroy Streets – Off-leash at all times

Glass House Mountains (Glass House Mountains District Park *fenced area) Page Street – Off-leash at all times

Golden Beach (Woorim Park) Churchill Street – Off-leash at all times

Landsborough (Pioneer Park fenced area) Caloundra Street – Off-leash at all times

Little Mountain (Little Mountain Common *fenced area) – Raintree Boulevard Off-leash at all times

Little Mountain (Meridan Downs Park) Winchester Road – Off-leash at all times

Maleny (Maleny Showgrounds) Maleny-Stanley River Road – Off-leash at all times

Marcoola (Keith Royal Oval, Parkland Reserve) Keith Royal Drive – Off-leash at all times

Minyama (Jessica Park – western end) Nicklin Way, between Churinga and Jarrah Streets – Off-leash at all times

Moffat Beach (Shelly Beach Beach Access 270 to 276) Cooroora Street, Dicky Beach to Russell Street – At times indicated on signs *4pm–8am*

Mooloolah (Mooloolah Recreation Reserve) Mooloolah Road – Off-leash at all times *except during approved temporary event

Mount Coolum (Town of Seaside Beach Access 97 to 98) Wave Crescent to Merchants Parade – At times indicated on signs *5am–9am and 4pm–8am*

Mountain Creek (Brightwater Park) Heliconia Street – Off-leash at all times

Mountain Creek (Quota Hideaway Park) Cootamundra Drive – Off-leash at all times

Parrearra Kawana Island (Park *fenced area) Grand Parade – Off-leash at all times

Nambour (Petrie Park) Petrie Park Road – Times as indicated on signs *4pm–8am*

Palmwoods (Federation Park) Primrose Court – Off-leash at all times

Peregian Springs (The Avenue Park *eastern side fenced area) The Avenue – Off-leash at all times

Shelly Beach (Shelly Beach Beach Access 276 to 281) Russell Street to Victoria Terrace – At times indicated on signs *4pm–8am* May to October

Sippy Downs (Chancellor Village Park *fenced area) Lakehead Drive – Off-leash at all times

Twin Waters (North Shore Beach *140m north of beach access 132 and extends to beach access 136) North Shore Road – Off-leash at all times

Warana (Nicklin Way Dog Park *fenced area) Nicklin Way, opposite Rata Street – Off-leash at all times

Wurtulla (Wurtulla Beach, Beach Access 226 to 245) Maloga Street,

Buddina to Wurley Drive, Wurtulla – Off-leash at all times

Wurtulla (Wurtulla Beach, Beach Access 245 to 249) Blue Haven Court, Bokarina to Moondara Drive, Wurtulla -At times indicated on sign *5pm-8am*

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