19.3 C
Byron Shire
August 18, 2022

Dogs get their day at Lennox Head

Latest News

Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

Other News

Chinny Charge returns for Sept 

After an uphill battle against COVID the Chinny Charge is going to run again on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm. 

NSW bans public display of Nazi symbol

In an historic moment a new law making it a criminal offence to knowingly display a Nazi symbol in public without a reasonable excuse, has passed NSW Parliament yesterday.

Barilaro begs off today’s Upper House committee inquiry

Today's scheduled hearing for the Upper House committee inquiry into the appointment of Mr John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas has been cancelled.

Mud benda rant

Regarding last week’s Splendour Festival and all the ‘haters’ out there. I took along a few seriously fun-deprived teenage...

Revoke Splendour consent

The legislation that gave Splendour consent has been revoked. Splendour’s consent should also now be revoked.  Originally Byron Council gave...

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Charlie pleased to hear the news. Photo David Lowe.

The long discussed and delayed motion to eliminate the ‘walk of shame’ and create a larger dog on-leash area near the Lennox Surf Club has finally made its way through Ballina Council, with new signage expected at Christmas.

Local dog-lover Jan Derricott spoke at the meeting, representing ‘more than 1,000 residents of Lennox’ wanting to expand the on-leash area in the parklands adjacent to the kiosk as per option 2, below.

Ms Derricott said it was ‘music to her ears’ to read Ballina Council’s brochure on responsible pet ownership, which states that pets are much-loved family members.

She thanked the council for its Companion Animal Management Plan and said that during COVID the dog friendly section of Seven Mile Beach had allowed dog owners to reduce social isolation and also get exercise, with the kiosk providing an important hub for social interaction.

Ms Derricott read official dog attack statistics (including displays of aggression) with 95 across Ballina Shire over the last 12 months but only two at Seven Mile Beach and one at the surf club.

‘Does council truly want to jeopardise the tourist dollar?’ she asked. ‘Lennox has been known as a dog friendly, visitor friendly town.

‘The current forest of signs around the surf club is extremely confusing, especially for newcomers, who can’t figure out how to access the dog beach,’ she said.

Walk of shame

The existing ‘walk of shame’. Photo David Lowe

Ms Derricott suggested that the current ‘walk of shame’ is not COVID-safe, and ‘does not consider the fundamentals of dog behaviour. It is an eyesore and if such a word exists, a nose sore.

‘Nippers are on 10-12 days per year. Dog owners walk their dogs every day of the year.

‘There is massive community support, as evidenced by the petition with more than 1,000 signatures, and numerous submissions to council.

‘I am happy to be the Dog Poo Marshal, and would even don a Dog Poo Fairy outfit to assist with public education, if that’s what it takes,’ she said.

Crs Ben Smith and Sharon Cadwallader spoke in support of option 2. Cr Smith said, ‘Option 2 clarifies everything and makes it easier to enforce and manage. There’s no need to wait and defer again. It’s practical and simple, very easy to do, let’s just do it.’

New signs by Christmas?

Diagram showing the existing on-leash dog arrangement including the walk of shame, soon to be scrapped. Ballina Council.

Cr Eoin Johnston asked staff if it would be possible to remove the walk of shame and get the new signage in before Christmas. Staff said it would be difficult but not impossible, depending on the weather.

General Manager Paul Hickey said, ‘We’ll try to get all that done before Christmas, that’s our commitment, we’ve heard the feedback and our obligation is to implement that resolution asap, so that’s what we’ll do.’

Cr Cadwallader thanked Ms Derricott for her deputation and offers to help with community education, noting that there would be even more pressure on Lennox across the Christmas break with Byron Bay having lost its beach.

Cr Keith Williams, who brought the original motion in August 2020, said, ‘People have been waiting for a resolution on this matter, the petition was collected back in July.

‘I think we can do this quickly and the sooner the better to help us assess how it operates,’ he said.

Mayor changes his mind

Mayor David Wright, who blocked option 2 last time round, said ‘I’ll go along with this, I would have gone with the recommendation just to do it for the end of January.’

He said there were too many dogs around the surf club though, and in the longer term something would have to be done.

Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright at Lennox Head. Photo supplied.

‘I know the executive of the surf club and executive of Nippers definitely don’t want dogs there, because they’re afraid of what might happen. But I’m not going to win today.

‘Let’s hope we can get through the Xmas period without any major incidents.’

Cr Jeff Johnson said he would support the motion, with the main issue being the signage.

‘The No Dogs signs near the cafe there seem to indicate that whole area is no dogs, which has caused a lot of angst around this issue,’ said Cr Johnson.

‘When you have confusing signs, and people with dogs seeing other people ignoring signs we just get dogs everywhere.

‘Hopefully we can get something sorted before the Christmas rush, because the current signage is part of the problem,’ he said.

All councillors voted in favour of the new option 2 arrangement except Cr Sharon Parry.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. I’m a dog owner from Byron Bay who used to come to Lennox Head regularly every week, loving the relaxed and friendly atmosphere around the Surf Club Cafe/Kiosk. However, I have not spent a cent of my money and time in Lennox since the extremely aggressive anti-dog and anti-dog-owner attitude and sentiments were displayed. I have found other places to go to. Let’s see if the attitude really changes.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Storylines – The Voice of the voiceless

My grandfather would often tell me a story. A story about a community. This community was self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determining of their own lives.

Draft COMP caps Public Access at Lismore Council

A Draft Code of Meeting Practice (COMP) and Briefing Policy prepared by the Governance & Customer Service Manager was the subject of discussion at Lismore Council this week.

Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.