Sell with Confidence
Read More
News

Dogs To Roam Beaches

By Paige Miller

If there’s one thing Corrie Gardner would like to see in the Whitsundays, it’s more off-leash beaches for her two pooches to enjoy.

“I just love to walk my dogs on the beach – it’s one of the greatest joys,” she said.

Yesterday, Ms Gardner received almost exactly that when council agreed to make two beaches off-leash 24/7 and extended the designated off-leash time by one hour at another.

At a meeting in Proserpine yesterday, Division 1 Councillor Jan Clifford put forward a motion to turn Cannonvale Beach, Whisper Bay and Snows Beach into 24/7 off-leash areas over a six-month trial period.

The motion was seconded by Councillor Mike Brunker and was initially carried 7-0. However, Division 2 Councillor Ron Petterson said although he did not disagree with a off-leash dog area, he held concerns for Cannonvale Beach due to its proximity to the children’s playground and he asked for a modification to be made.

Cr Clifford said she understood Cr Petterson’s concerns but the beach was practically 24/7 anyway and implementing regulations would mean the situation would be controlled.

However, after discussion among the councillors, it was decided Cannonvale Beach would continue to have a designated time but extended by an hour making it leash-free from 5-8am.

Cr Clifford said if there were issues or complaints, then it’s “dead and gone, end of story”.

Division 4 Councillor Peter Ramage said there was no way of knowing what a dog might do so it was important to be wary. . “A dog’s a dog. It doesn’t matter how obedient you think they are,” he said.

If no issues arise, the beaches will be made permanently leash-free.

Source: Whitsunday Times.

Up to Date

Latest News

  • Road upgrades, 7,800sqm: Aldi approved for Cannonvale

    Aldi is powering ahead with its back-to-back debut into the Mackay Whitsundays as it receives the green light to move forward with its Cannonvale store. Read when it could open. Heidi Petith and Fergus Gregg Design plans for Aldi’s new Cannonvale store between Shute Harbour Rd and Central Ave. Picture: Documents submitted … Read more

    Read Full Post