6 December 2020

Rangers will be monitoring dogs on beaches and encouraging owners to 'scoop the poop'

| Sharon Kelley
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Ranger Mitchell Stirling with dog.

Ranger Mitchell Stirling is one of the Eurobodalla Shire Council staff members who will remind dog walkers to ‘scoop the poop’. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council rangers will increase patrols in dog timeshare areas, where dogs are no longer allowed between 9 am and 5 pm, in preparation for a busy summer.

Rangers will also focus patrols in areas where dogs are prohibited.

Council’s environmental health and compliance coordinator, Nathan Ladmore, said the rangers have already received complaints from residents concerned about people flouting the rules since timeshare arrangements resumed in November.

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“Concerns have been raised about Candlagan Creek, Shark Bay and Tomakin Cove Beach where dogs are prohibited, as well as Mystery Bay Beach, which is a timeshare beach,” he said. “We’ll have extra rangers out and about on local beaches between now and February.

“We’ll be reminding residents and visitors that dogs must always be under effective control – even in off-leash areas – and that picking up your dog’s poo and complying with dog prohibited areas is the law.”

NSW law also states dogs must be on a lead in public places unless otherwise signposted, including on pathways.

Council recently stencilled two graphic slogans – ‘Love me, leash me’ and ‘Scoop the poop’ – on some of the shire’s most popular paths as part of its focus on improving responsible pet ownership.

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“We’ll be raising awareness to ensure all dog owners know the rules, which are there so everyone can enjoy our public areas,” said Mr Ladmore.

“The onus is on dog owners to control and confine their animals, and where dog owners disobey the regulations, they face being fined.”

For more information on dog exercise areas and beaches, visit the Eurobodalla Shire Council website or phone council rangers on 02 4474 1019.

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