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Byron’s Main Beach and playground is a no-dog area. About ten signs clearly state this and unless someone is indifferent, or dumb, or a combination of the above it’s obvious.

And at any given day there are dogs there, most off leash and roaming. The police can’t be bothered, Council is too busy slapping fines on parked cars, and the rangers seem to predominantly exist on salary lists. That’s why anyone ruthless enough can walk their dog in and on the no-dog parks and beaches around here with impunity. You are more likely to meet a two-headed wallaby than a ranger on patrol.

One day one of those dogs on the beachfront will attack and injure a person, as happened in the Roadhouse cafe some years ago. Except, on a kids’ playground that’s going to be much worse – and as a dad I’m worried every time I see a dog there.

And then all those salary-list-dwellers will try to avoid responsibility and play the blame game after someone got hurt on their watch because of pure negligence. Let’s be clear; the law is there, the will is not. A patrol every now and then, some heavy fines and the issue would be sorted.

Or, let’s wait till someone else gets hurt. 

Michael Brechbuhler, Byron Bay


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