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Dog owners fight for better beach access
MORE than 500 dog-owners are fighting to have off-leash access times during summer evenings on two beaches.
While dogs can run free on summer nights on five beaches – three in St Kilda, as well as Sandridge and Port Melbourne- dog-owners say there is so much evening beach activity that Port Phillip council needs to open two more to dogs.
They are asking for Elwood Beach and Middle Park Beach, now open to off-leash dogs from 5.30am to 9.30am, to be open for the same hours as the other beaches 7.30pm to 10.30am.
South Melbourne dog-owner Nicole Farren said it was important to get evening access because of the proliferation of people and activity on summer beaches at night, ranging from kite-surfing to beach volleyball.
“If you go to those beaches at night during the summer, there is a lot of activity going on but if you had two more beaches it spreads it out and gives dog-owners other choices.”
Ms Farren, the owner of a dog day-care centre, said this was one of a few improvements an informal group of dog-owners was pursuing to make life better for the animals.
The groups has petitioned the council to implement the changes immediately. It read: “The dog community in Albert Park is a huge part of positive village life, which provides support and a sense of belonging for all residents.”
The council said it would consider the petition as part of its draft Domestic Animal Management Plan.
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