Dog Walkers again Central Coast Council's Dog Restrictions - change the council's decision

Dog Walkers again Central Coast Council's Dog Restrictions - change the council's decision

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Priscilla Best started this petition to Central Coast Council Tasmania

Central Coast Council (Tas) in their July Council Meeting unanimously passes their Dog Management policy March 2020. In the Central Coast Council's Face Book post on 4 August, the councillor's justification for unanimously passing the flawed and lazy Dog Management Policy March 2020 was to " ensure the simplicity in the rules and therefore in the signage provided". They have provided no evidence that dog walkers were confused about the different rules between summer and winter times.

We demand that the council reject the Dog Management Policy March 2020 and that current dog access and usage remain as is. This is on the basis that Central Coast Council have not adequately justified their decision with any factual evidence of the impact of dogs in the areas proposed for restrictions. 276 submissions were presented to the Council with 234 rejecting the restrictions and 42 supporting the restrictions. There was also a compliant petition of 380 signatures rejecting the restrictions received by the council. To "ensure the simplicity in the rules and therefore in the signage provided" is not an adequate justification.  

These restrictions negatively impact on the dog walking community that have been walking their dogs on these beach for many years with out issue. This impacts negativity on the agreed upon community norms that have been established over generations.  The current policy is applying a blanket ban across all beaches and has not adequately assessed  user profiles of locations or environmental considerations.The proposed "off lead" exercise areas are not large enough to cater for the current number of dog users and have a higher sensitivity to bird breading populations than other areas. It is a policy which is lazy and lacks 'good faith' community consultation.  

Central Coast Council (Tas) presented a Draft Dog Management Policy to the Central Coast Council community during the COVID-19 lock down. The process lacked transparency and "in good faith" community consultation. Central Coast Council failed to adequately notify the community which were directly affected by these changes. As a walker of my dog on the beach daily I did not see once sign by the council notifying dog walkers of the changes. None of the community dog walkers that I have  interacted with in person or via social media also confirmed that they did not see any signs at any beach entrance during this period. Council did claim in their April minutes that "several posters were placed at know beach access points on the 29 May". This allowed 14 days to read the proposed policy and do their own investigation as to the councils' justification of the proposed restrictions as no information was easily accessible.  

Community groups during this time were unable to come together to unite in person against this policy due to COVID-19 restrictions which hampered peoples ability to be politically and socially mobile. Central Coast Council actively shut done one such gathering in Turners Beach due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The responses to council from the community were to be submitted to council by June 12 which were still during the state wide COVID-19 restrictions.  

you can find the Dog Management policy and the July meeting minutes at the council website https://www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au/council-agenda-minutes/ and https://www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au/?s=dog+management+policy

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