Bid for dog beach may be leashed

Bid for dog beach may be leashed

Earlier this year, resident Rob Nelson submitted a 1976-signature petition to the council calling for an extension to the stairs near Chippy’s Beach Shack in Jindalee.

A report on the March 22 briefing session agenda, scheduled to be considered by the council on April 5, recommended not extending the dog exercise area 150m north and asked staff to improve the northern access path.

While Mr Nelson said the beach was generally not suitable for swimming, the council had decided in 2014 not to consider any future extensions in Quinns Rocks following public opposition.

Instead, the report said the City proposed to designate another dog beach about 6km north in Alkimos.

“Density data (dogs per metre of allocated beach) in comparison to nearby councils demonstrates that the current dog beach resources in the City are currently adequate,” the report said.

“Any increase in future dog population increase will be alleviated with the proposed Alkimos dog beach.”

The report also said administration did not support the interaction of public beach users and dog owners north of the existing area as there was a public gathering area around the cafe.

“Although the current access way at Chippy’s cafe may be sufficient to cater for an extension to the dog beach to the north, the frequency of unwanted interactions of incompatible beach users (dogs, public beach users and cafe patrons) would likely increase,” it said.

In response to Mr Nelson’s concerns about accessibility from the existing steep path at the northern end, staff have recommended improvements that will “ensure safe and controlled access”.

“This may involve re-contouring of the sand at the bottom of the concrete path and/or provision of a staircase or boardwalk,” the report said.

“The details of the remediation will be determined and implemented by administration following a further site inspection and investigation.”

The report said if the council did decide to extend the dog beach next week, additional works and initiatives would need to be considered, including publishing a public notice and moving the boundary sign.