Dog-free beach feedback moves online

Angela Rogers with her daughter Flora and Moonah at Ocean Grove main beach. (Ivan Kemp) 246795_11

All community feedback on a dog-free trial at Ocean Grove main beach has now moved solely online, as a result of lockdown.

The trial area is approximately 805 metres in length and stretches from beach access stairs at 13W (Hodgson Street, Ocean Grove) to the stairs at 15W (the western end of the promenade at Ocean Grove Main Beach).

Between the 13W to 15W beach access stairs, dogs can be walked on-lead between May 1 and November 30 this year but are prohibited for the remainder of the year.

The trial extends to 2022 where dogs are prohibited all year round.

This trial is a partnership project between Barwon Coast and the City of Greater Geelong.

Barwon Coast chief executive Gary McPike said the two-year trial is in response to community feedback provided in 2019-2020. This feedback highlighted the need for an area of beach to be set aside as dog-free all year round.

“We are keen to ensure access for all types of beach users is available.” Mr McPike said.

“This trial enables us to gather information on community experiences of a dog-free area of beach. It is important that all beach users get the chance to have their say and have their voices heard.

“This trial is about ensuring we get the balance right for Ocean Grove main beach.”

Community members are invited to share their feedback on the first year of the trial by Sunday, September 26.