Man’s best friend on the beach

Michelle with Snowy and Twiggy. 162799 Pictures: JAMIE CULLUM

DOG control laws changed on 1 December and Barwon Coast is encouraging all dog owners to be familiar with the change.
“The dog control orders for the beaches of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads change on 1 December. These changes are to cater for more people frequenting the coast, protect our environment and share this valuable resource with all users,” Maddie Glynn from Barwon Coast said.
“Not everyone who comes to the beach appreciates dogs in their space, and it does lead to conflict. In addition to this, August to April is when our coastline has more wildlife utilising both the coastal reserves and beach zones. Wildlife take priority over a dog off-leash zone so be mindful when visiting the beaches to be on the lookout for wildlife trying to rest or raise their young.”
Ocean Grove Spit became a dogs-on-leash area on 1 December. This means that from 13W Ocean Grove, around the Spit and along the estuary up to Riverview Family Caravan Park becomes dogs on leash.
From 18 December, stricter controls come into place prohibiting dogs along sections of the coast for the peak season.
To assist people in understanding where you can and cannot take your dog Barwon Coast, in partnership with Ocean Grove Coastcare, hosted a community event at 13W on 3 December.
Meet the Neighbours is about community caring for community. There were interactive activities for people of all ages, opportunities to test your skills and knowledge and creative ideas for free giveaways.
Dogs on beaches is a privilege not a right, and we must all understand and accept that we may have to change our own behaviour from time to time to share this valuable resource.
If you would like a copy of the dog control orders for the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads beaches, visit or phone: 5254 1118 to receive a hard copy in the mail.