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  1. 30 years ago there was packs of dogs roaming the streets and on the beach ( there was no dog beaches then) of SGB. 30 years ago we didn’t care for people with dumb attitudes towards petty issues. This is your issue my friend, there are dog all over the world because the benefit of dogs in all our homes communities well and truly outweigh your poo poo concern.

  2. Hmm “your issue” Darren? No-one disputes the benefits of dog ownership – it’s not about that. It’s about having them under effective control at all times & cleaning up after them like a responsible dog-owning citizen, simply as the law demands, & the same as with registration & microchipping. Unless you have Barnaby Joyce syndrome & you’re exempt from laws & regulations that apply to us mere mortal normal people.
    From your letter it seems like you wouldn’t mind a yard full of other people’s dog crap? Or covering the soles of your shoes with it?
    Don’t you care if unrestrained excited dogs attack other dogs & people, & chase-catch-kill our every decreasing wildlife & threatened shorebirds?
    What other laws & regulations don’t apply to the special dog owners of South Golden….. do you throw your rubbish in the street & on the beach? Or personally assault random strangers & their pets? What’s the difference?
    And just for your edification it is a problem elsewhere in the world – possibly worse with rabies, & parasites such as hydatids.

  3. 30 years ago Darren Gray probably should have been practising his syntax and grammar skills. That may have prevented him making a goose of himself publically in these comments.
    “We” in South Golden Beach? Sorry mate, it takes 40 years to be a local, unless you were born in Mullumbimby hospital, like I was.


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