BeCA has received an email from a concerned young Bells Reach parent over the number of dogs she and her young family have been confronted by in parks in the Bells Reach area which are not on leashes. Her young family is concerned when confronted by these dogs and she finds visiting the park a stressful thing to do.
Sunshine Council ByLaws says: “All dogs must be kept on a leash when in public areas, unless in a designated off-leash area”.
So these dog owners with dogs which are not on a leash are contravening SC Council ByLaws.
Following this concern raised by a young parent BeCA is posting this on its website to remind dog owners of their responsibilities.
BeCA is aware that dogs provide friendship for many residents as well as added security for others on their own.
BeCA has now approached Council to have ByLaws officers regularly check all parks in Bellvista and Bells Reach for dog owners who are contravening this law.
BeCA will also take up the matter with our Councillor and again request Council investigate a designated off leash area here at Bellvista and Bells Reach. BeCA will also request signage be installed at both Active and Blue Parks informing pet owners that dogs should remain on a leash in all parks. Regretfully modern residential design means lots are smaller with little if any room for a sizable backyard where a dog can get some exercise.
The question of an off leash area has previously been raised with Council but an appropriate area could not be nominated. Perhaps it is time for some compromise to happen and a designated off leash area be created even if it isn’t in the ‘perfect’ spot. Stockland have also been approached previously by BeCA over this situation.
You can read more on Pet ownership from the Sunshine Coast Council website HERE.
Residents who wish to lodge a complaint with Council regarding dogs which are not on a leash in a public place should use the “MyCouncil” website.