November 2015 Update
To read the latest meeting report please click on the following link –November meeting
The group known as Pittwater Unleashed has made a proposal to Pittwater Council to allow unleashed dogs on one of the Pittwater beaches (including North Newport). Council at their meeting of 18th August 2014 resolved to have a report prepared and submitted to Council at the meeting on the 17th November 2014. The proposal to council can be viewed on the Council web site at http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/council/public_access_to_information/proactive_release_search (once at the site click on’ Recreation’ and then open the ‘Pittwater Unleashed’ PDF document).
Please have a look at the document and have your say below by submitting a comment. We will add this matter to our monthly Agenda to discuss its’ possible ramifications for Newport beach and its residents.
The proposed beaches requested to be considered for a trial are as follows;
- North Palm Beach
- Whale Beach
- North Whale Beach
- Bilgola Beach
- Newport Beach
- Bungan Beach
- Mona Vale Beach
- Bongin Bongin Bay
- Turrimetta Beach
(Interesting that Avalon Beach is missing!!)
DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE
This matter was brought up at the council meeting of the 18th November 2014 with the result there was no motion carried based on the staff report submitted therefore the current policy on not allowing unleashed dogs on beaches would continue. This matter came up again at the following council meeting of the 1st December 2014 based on an new recommendation by a number of councillors to investigate a trial, amongst other things however that motion was lost and the following motion carried;
1. That Council form a working group comprising:
a) Chairperson – Natural Environment Committee chair
b) A Councillor from each ward
c) Staff representatives from Natural Environment & Education, Reserves Recreation & Building Services, Environmental Compliance, Catchment Management & Climate Change
d) Representative from NSW Department of National Parks & Wildlife
e) Other government and non-government organisations as may be interested
f) A representative from Northern Beaches Dog Training Club
g) Four residents
h) A representative from Crown Lands
2. That the working group objective be to review Council Policy No.30 – Dog Control in accordance with its objective “To provide effective dog control in leashed and unleashed areas in the Pittwater Local Government Area” in accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998.
3. That the working group consider including in the policy effective education measures, compliance control, asset maintenance, signage and the adequacies of all the current dog
areas in Pittwater LGA to meet the current and future dog population.
4. That the working group undertake any environmental assessments as required.
5. That staff bring back a progress report to Council at the second meeting in February 2015.
The NRA lodged a submission which can be read under the heading Submissions
It should be noted here, that on 27 November 2014, a motion was carried that the Newport Residents Association wishes to remind
Pittwater Council that the northern end of Newport Beach comprises:
• A reserve dedicated to Eric Green’s vision of preserving Pittwater’s unique natural
• A wildlife corridor leading to the sanctuary on South Bilgola headland.
• A sensitive dune system undergoing re-vegetation.
• A section of the Bi-centennial Coastal Walkway used by international visitors as well
as local Pittwater residents and other Australian visitors.
• A very recently installed, semi-permanent, Beach Volley Ball net. As this is very likely
to be used pre and post school or work, throughout the year, there is real potential for
conflict between unleashed dogs and the Volley Ball players.
Taking into consideration the above, the Newport Residents Association does not believe that the Northern end of Newport Beach ia suitable for an off-leash dog area