22.1 C
Byron Shire
January 29, 2023

Dog areas

Latest News

Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

Other News

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Celebrating regeneration on March 4

Planting trees to restore ecosystems is one of the most positive stories of our time, and perhaps the best antidote to climate despair. 

Good results for locals in Yamba criterion

Byron Bay Cycling Club members shook up C-grade at the criterion racing held in Yamba last Sunday. Conditions made for a great morning of cycling despite the high humidity that made the road surface challenging. All riders were able to make their way around the course safely, according to the Yamba Cycling Club report.

Lismore hospital works completed

The final stage of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment is now complete, says the NSW Liberals and Nationals government.

Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

Good to see a citizen group asking Council for more proactivity around the dog problem. 

Our personal experience as responsible dog co-owners has been pretty er… awful.

My partner had her leg broken by an uncontrolled dog on Belongil. Six months in bed. A friend had her back broken on Seven Mile by a large uncontrolled dog, the owner quickly disappearing.

Our son’s dog was saved from a homeless man’s pit bull when the pit bull had the chi’s head in his mouth. Only a human-dog attack saved the chi, leaving him with a pierced neck and severe shock.

Another friend’s chi was recently killed by a staffy cross, owned by an itinerant van owner.

We’ve talked a lot about it and we do recognise the problem of the travelling single (usually) man who sees his dog as his protector. Our ranger has expressed his frustration at the inability to effect change for many reasons: the owner disappears, the owner lies about his identity, the law is too onerous to follow through, getting evidence in a highly charged attack moment is almost impossible.

Sadly, Belongil Beach is where most attacks and accidents happen.

We are grateful for everything council has done so far but frankly, the homeless-owned dog is a problem I cannot see being easily improved, loaded as it is with psychological trauma and violence issues.

Every time we drive past Cavanbah Sports Centre we look at a semi-treed area just near the road and think ‘Dog Exercise Area!’ It’s accessible, it’s the right size, it has enough trees for dogs to pee on… all it needs is a fence. 

I would love to make contact with the people working with Council and I’m sure many other dog owners would too!

Ian Blair Hamilton, Byron Bay


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

Detectives attached to taskforce Victor Arum investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Elanora woman Wendy Sleeman have recovered a body and vehicle at Wilston on Brisbane’s inner north yesterday.

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.