MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Community board to consider dog restrictions at beaches
A proposal for the control of dogs at beaches in the Bay of Islands will be further considered by the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board next week.
The Far North District Council has been consulting the community on a Draft Dog Control Bylaw and Policy since November last year.
The proposed bylaw and policy remove a number of restrictions on dogs from the existing bylaw, which the Council is legally required to review every 10 years.
However, they also introduce new measures designed to protect endangered wildlife, including kiwi and little blue penguin.
These measures include
requiring dogs to be on leashes at all beaches in the District from October to May unless they are prohibited places or exercise areas
prohibiting dogs from several beaches in the Bay of Islands
allowing people to exercise their dogs off leash at Sullivans Beach, Paihia, and Beechy Street waterfront at Opua.
General Manager – District Services Dr Dean Myburgh says the Council has consulted extensively on the proposed bylaw and many people support the proposals which are designed to balance the needs of dog-owners with the interests of other beach users and wildlife.
However, the Council is aware that a number of dog-owners in Russell, Opua and Paihia have recently voiced strong views about the proposed bylaw.
It is therefore asking the community board to give further consideration to the draft bylaw at its meeting next week.
“We are unable to reopen submissions and we need to follow due process. However, we aim to be a Council that listens to its communities, so have asked the board to consider whether to amend the draft Dog Control Bylaw and Policy.”
The community board will consider the draft bylaw and policy at its 6-weekly meeting at Waipapa Hall on 14 August.
A staff report about the bylaw and policy will be on the Council’s website at www.fndc.govt.nz by the end of the week.
The Strategy Committee will consider the draft bylaw and policy on 30 August and make recommendations for Council to consider in September.