After a successful campaign at Point Cartwright, a pet education campaign will be expanded to other popular dog locations as officers reveal some owners are evading them or giving false details.
The Sunshine Coast Council program aims to raise awareness among the region’s 51,400 registered dog owners about their responsibilities while in public with their pet.
The education campaign began in early April in response to complaints from the community.
Divisional Councillor Joe Natoli said he was pleased most residents engaged with council officers, and ongoing education was still important.
“More than 700 people and almost 250 dogs were observed, and 380 residents engaged with our officers during our education blitz over the school holiday period,” Cr Natoli said.
“I’m pleased to report that less than 20 infringement notices had to be issued, however sadly, there were a few instances of owners evading our officers and also giving false details which required the involvement of the Queensland Police Service. That just isn’t good enough.
“We know people love to bring their dogs to Point Cartwright and council is committed to raising awareness of pet owner responsibilities so we can be considerate to residents in the local community and visitors to the area.”
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Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Winston Johnston said council would continue to focus on responsible pet ownership education at Point Cartwright and extend the education blitz to other locations.
“Throughout May and June, council will hold pop-up education booths at Mudjimba, Twin Waters, Marcoola, Coolum, Currimundi Lake, Ballinger Beach and Golden Beach to promote owner responsibilities,” Cr Johnston said.
“Our community clearly loves animals, with over 43,500 households owning a dog, a cat or both, and we want to work with the community to ensure everyone understands their responsibilities as pet owners.
“Our public spaces are for everyone to enjoy, so it’s important that dog owners are being respectful of others in shared spaces, know 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.”
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For information about where to exercise your dog on the Sunshine Coast, including off-leash, on-leash and prohibited areas, visit dogs.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/.
You can find out more about responsible pet ownership on council’s website.
Dates and locations of the education pop ups are below and are also available on council’s website. Grab some information, some freebies for your dog and activities for the kids.
Education pop-up dates and locations
- May 5, 3pm-5pm, BA 124, Mudjimba
- May 14, 2.30pm-4.30pm, North Shore Rd, Twin Waters
- May 19, 3pm-5pm, Town of Seaside
- May 28, 7am-9am, Tickle Park, Coolum
- June 2, 7am-9am, Currimundi Lake
- June 11, 3pm-5pm, Ballinger Beach
- June 16, 7am-9am, BA 304, Golden Beach
- June 25, 3pm-5pm, Esplanade, Golden Beach