Herald Life Magazine 28.10.08
Sun Weekly 24th May 2007
Australian Certified Master Groomer
Day Afternoon Central Coast Express Advocate
- Feb 21, 2001
Freedom Rally at Avoca Beach on Sunday
attracted more than 400 people who protested
plans by Gosford Council to ban dogs from
most beaches. Organised by newly-formed
Central Coast Beach Access Reform Coalition,
the rally was designed to inform residents
of council's proposal and gather support to
fight it's approval.
any measure, the event was a great success
in letting the community and council know
how dog owners feel about council's
controversial plan," coalition founder
Rosalind Bonser said. "A visual display
board at the rally helped the community to
further understand the current problems and
why the council's proposal is not
acceptable." She said 180 new members joined
the coalition during the rally and more than
400 signatures were collected for petitions
and protest letters.
"Under the new proposal, seven dog exercise
areas are being axed," Ms Bonser said.
"That's almost one-third of the dog exercise
areas being taken away at a time when the
population is increasing." She said the
proposal did not tackle the real issues.
"The council must help dog owners to do the
right thing by providing signs and bins."
she said. "The boundaries of the dog
exercise area need to be marked with
practical and informative signs that tell
the whole community where the boundaries are
and the time restrictions for the beach dog
exercise areas." She said it was then up to
council to enforce the laws.
council needs to educate and then enforce,"
Ms Bonser said. "We fully support the
council, through it's rangers, enforcing the
laws in an appropriate and professional
manner provided that the laws are first
clearly spelt out." Other issues highlighted
at the really included the poor condition
and restricted access to many dog exercise,
the "unfairness" of concentrating
24-hour-a-day beach exercise areas to
Forresters Beach, Ocean/Ettalong Point and
Patonga, deletion of the dog exercise are a
Adcock Park, relocation of the Patonga area
to a section of beach that is under water at
high tide and the failure of the proposal to
tackle the issue of stray dogs.