Petition to Mayor Liz Innes, Councillor Anthony Mayne, Councillor Phil Constable, Councillor Patrick McGinlay, Councillor Maureen Nathan, Councillor Robert Pollock OAM, Councillor Lindsay Brown, Councillor James Thomson, Councillor Jack Tait
Change time-share rules for dogs on Eurobodalla beaches to summer school holidays ONLY
The Eurobodalla Shire Council (ESC) has time sharing arrangements in place for dogs on allocated beaches in the Shire. These time share arrangements CURRENTLY mean that for those beaches, dogs are prohibited between 1st November to 30th April from 9am to 5pm. That's 6 months of the year!! We understand that Council want time share arrangements during "peak periods". However, all residents know that when schools are 'in', beaches really have very little use. Peak periods for beach use is really ONLY during summer school holidays. We believe the current restrictions are excessive and do NOT serve the ageing rate paying, VOTING, residents of the Shire, many of whom have mobility issues that make walking during anything other than low tide, very difficult, if not impossible. It also does not serve busy parents or an increasing number of shiftworkers with dogs. Restrictions for 6 LONG months of the year is just a NOT fair go.Exercise for people AND dogs benefits the entire community. It contributes to community cohesion by bringing local people together, fostering new friendships. It allows people to socialise their dogs, which in turn reduces barking and problem dogs. It saves all levels of Government money by improving the health of the community, which in turn, means less people in medical facilities and hospitals.Times have changed. People who own dogs now consider them to be part of their family! In recognition of this, other laws are changing to be more pet friendly too. Look at the new strata management rules where you now cannot unreasonably prevent someone from having a pet in a unit. Look at retirement homes where you can now take pets with you. There are now many outdoor bars and cafes that encourage people to bring their furry family member. We acknowledge that Council has zoned many areas as dogs prohibited 24/7 because they there are close to environmentally sensitive areas and because some people in our community prefer not to (ever) be near dogs at the beach. However, for the time share beaches, the Eurobodalla Shire Council are NOT giving residents a fair go. We respectfully ask that the Mayor and Shire Councillors actually go to the timeshare beaches themselves, at any time of the year when school is "in", and see for themselves just how few (if any) people are on the beach! We call upon the entire Eurobodalla Shire Council to PLEASE support a more compassionate time sharing arrangement that truly IS only during peak periods. One that suits the ratepayers as well as the visitors that are so important to this region. Please change the November to April restrictions of dogs on allocated beaches and change them to apply ONLY during NSW School Holidays.
Petition to Bayside Council
Maintain and make new upgrades to "Bona Dog Park, Sans Souci".
All the local residents who regularly go to "Bona Dog Park" in Sans Souci have been dealing with an ongoing problem for the past year with the Bayside council. They are careless about all the public who attend the park. Shouldn't the council be promoting people to go out and have fun with their families and their beloved pooches? Well they are certainly doing the opposite! There are only 2 benches at the dog park, which means 2 people can sit on each bench. They are situated in a patch of mud on either side of the park and are usually in the bright blazing sun, which means no one wants to sit on them. So us residents decided to start bringing our own plastic chairs to sit on where we can move around the park to avoid the sun and all sit together and bond and have fun. Today (29/03/17) we arrived to the park to realised that all 13 of the plastic chairs were GONE. As anyone else would be, we were all infuriated with this situation and decided to call the council. They were very rude and abrupt on the phone and wouldn't help us solve this problem and kept interrupting what we were trying to say on the phone to them making us feel worthless of ourselves. We are used to the council being careless as every time they mowed the grass something would be damaged with their machinery - either chairs, the gates etc. Us residents pay our council rates to see you damage the machinery WE pay for you to operate. It's great to see our money is getting to good use to damage your machinery. Moreover, there are many other factors at the park that need to be taken care of like the grass getting mowed more regularly, refill the dog poo bag dispensers, empty the rubbish bins completely. Its a shame to see the council negligent about something a lot of locals care about and that has to change! 04/05/17 - Update Today a member of our dog park went down there to witness the council workers who mow the grass, knock over our chairs with their machinery. We have actual footage of this happening. https://www.facebook.com/sanssoucidogpark/?fref=hovercard
Petition to Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Dog Park for Port Macquarie
As a resident and dog owner living in Port Macquaire, I have started this petition to highlight to Port Macquarie Hastings Council the importance of providing dog parks within the area and the community's support and desire for these facilities. Port Macquarie and its surrounding suburbs do not have a single off leash dog park. A dog park is needed to give all members of the community and visitors to the area an accessible place to exercise their dogs. Currently the allocated dog beaches are the only areas where dogs can exercise off leash. These beaches are not accessible to the elderly and some people with disabilities due to lack of adequate parking, stairs and uneven ground. A dog park would provide a great alternative to the beach which would be accessible to all residents and visitors to the area. Personally, I can't get to the beach daily with my dog, due to parking, weather and the mess and washing needed after my dog swims in the ocean and rolls in the sand! Fenced dog parks provide the opportunity for residents and their dogs to exercise and socialise in a safe space with easy access. Council has been talking about developing off leash fenced dog parks within the Local Government Area for the last 10 years however no real movement or action has occurred. Areas for parks have been identified by Council in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton within their Annual Operational Plans for several years now but no park has ever been delivered. Worryingly and disappointingly, in the draft Operational Plan 2017-2018 currently on exhibition, all mention of these dog parks has been removed completely. If you are a resident or potential visitor to Port Macquarie and the surrounding area and you would like to see Council act and create these important spaces please sign this petition to show your support. Kind Regards, Kate McKinnon - Port Macquarie Resident and Owner of Jimmy the Golden Retriever P.S. If you would like to make a submission asking that the previously promised dog parks be included in the projects Council aims to deliver in the next year please fill in the form at this link: http://haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/councils-future-planning/survey_tools/submission-councils-future-planning1
Petition to Moonee Valley City Council
Make Walter Street Off Leash Between 6-9am
Walter Street Reserve in Ascot Vale is very popular for local dog owners wanting to exercise with their dogs - especially in the mornings. The current rules only allow for dogs on leash. This is unfair as the primary (and often only) users of the space between 6am and 9am are the dogs and their owners. Attempts to open the conversation with the Council have, to date, been unsuccessful. Let's show the MVCC how important this is to local residents - and what a difference it came make to our community if our canine friends have a place to play together!