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January 23, 2022

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Thank you for taking nose and paws to paper and writing a response. You were snapped by someone a while ago, or maybe it was another dog, as the person saw a dog looking like you having fun a long way from a dog beach and posted the photo on the Byron Community Noticeboard on 19 January ‘Anyone recognise this dog currently terrorising the seabirds between Suffolk Park and Broken Head?’.

Sincere apologies if you were minding your paws and keeping your nose out of trouble. There is still a dog out there looking just like you that’s been up to no good. So be on guard. 

Perhaps you can be our doggie ambassador and sniff out any other dogs wandering off their leads or chasing birds? There are, sadly, so many instances of dogs that are on beaches where they shouldn’t be, or injuring wildlife, and whose owners are not as careful as yours. I can fill a book of spot the dog with photos of paw prints in places they shouldn’t be.

If there is a Facebook page in doggie land please get to work and be our local canine representative and start some bark out there with all those bulldogs, poodles, boxers. 

We need dogs like you on Council that care about biodiversity, our wildlife and doing the right thing by our community.

Other dogs will start to follow your lead. I for one will vote for you.

I am joining the Byron Shire Consultation group on dogs and will be looking at ideas to provide solutions for you and your four legged friends. Did you know, in England, there are dog-walking areas and playgrounds that are privately owned that dog owners can take their dogs to for a reasonable fee. There are a range of solutions to ensure you have room to run and play.

I am looking forward to listening to what you think about your environmental paw print?

I‘ll be in touch.

Strokes, and pats and treats

Alison Drover, Broken Head


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2 COMMENTS

  1. So your using this example of a minority badly behaved dog owners to reduce the already small areas we can go with our dogs off leash. How about focusing on the 4 wheel drives the other end of 7 mile beach doing more damage. What about all the dof dof parties in the nature reserves?

  2. My beloved border collie passed away suddenly just a week ago so I can no longer call myself a dog owner 😥 but, as someone who chose a breed that is highly obedient and controllable when out, and – in possession of a ball or stick – oblivious to other dogs, wildlife or people on the beach my main concern was not with enforcement of existing rules. It was for the introduction of uncompromising regulation by zealots. You know the ones that see no place in the world for companion animals whatsoever.

    I’m certainly not condoning environmentally damaging – or human enjoyment infringing – behaviour by dogs or owners. I am concerned though about the consultation group coming up with ideas like the one mentioned here. Will we have to further congest our roads, bundling our dogs into cars to take them to private spaces and pay a fee to exercise them? Gosh, I can imagine how eagerly yet another opportunity for profiteering from private property will be greeted by the entrepreneurs of this Shire.

    Meanwhile people who DGAF will continue to let their dogs wreak havoc.

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