Petition: dog access to just one section of just one beach

Posted by: on May 21st, 2010

Jane writes to advocate for a dog’s permitted beach zone in Warringah…

Out of the nine beaches over which Warringah Council has jurisdiction, dogs and their owners are not allowed on any of these at any time of the day or the year. The only dog swimming area they provide is at North Curl Curl Lagoon and that is often heavily polluted.

Given that around 40% of Warringah households own a dog this means that the Council is not representing its constituents. Please support democracy and sign our petition to allocate a stretch of a beach (approx. 50 metres in width) for dogs with their owners. This could be achieved, with minimal impact, by allocating a quiet part of a beach for limited periods e.g. before 9am and after 5pm.

If you are not a dog owner then please empathise with your neighbours. We always try to be considerate of people who are not fond of animals. Even ourselves we do our best to avoid mess like putting in place trash cans your dog won’t rip apart and other precautions.  We are becoming increasingly more legislated: the “nanny state”. What is next? Fines for swimming outside of the flags? Fines for drinking from plastic bottles on the beach? No mountain biking in National Parks (too late)? Banning rock fishing? No children in nappies on our rock pools? Once the freedom’s gone, it’s gone

Thank you

Jane Hazell


  1. Dav on May 22nd 2010, 12:09 am

    I have a dog but I dont want it running around crapping on the beach.There would be nothing worse than on a beautiful morning walk down Curly after a surf a watching dogs crap all over the place.

  2. dave on May 23rd 2010, 8:39 am

    Errr you have a dog but you don't like dog crap on the beach? Here's an idea – pick it up. It aint that hard (in fact picking dog crap up on sand is clean as a whistle!). Where's the problem in that?

  3. Tom on May 22nd 2010, 1:55 am

    dogs on the beach are annoying, they crap everywhere , jump on kids and everyone else, taking fish from fisherman, chasing the wildlife and generally the owners have no control over them and lot dont even bother watching them….the beaches where i live have been over taken by dogs to the point where in summer we dont go there to swim because there a literally 100 dogs running around and every 2minutes " oh im sorry he doesnt usually do that "…….id like to say it was the "bad 10%" that are to blame but its more like the other way around.

  4. NBC on May 22nd 2010, 9:18 am

    With respect, I think you are missing the point (and you do have other beaches to go to where there are no dogs: only 1 of 60 of Sydney's ocean beaches allows dogs (Wanda)).

    It may be annoying to you and no doubt others, but it also brings a great deal of pleasure to many people (?40% of households is a significant group). Frankly I find it annoying and dangerous that mountain bikers scream around corners whilst I am walking around Manly dam, but I am happy to share. I dislike toddlers/babies peeing and crapping in South Curly pool at the detriment of mine and my children's health, but want them to enjoy their time. I am annoyed about my wall being 'tagged', but am prepared to let it go (..but if I catch em…), etc

    The point of the petition is a) we have to share and compromise; and b) curtail the ever increasing and indiscriminate powers of the government.

  5. dave on May 23rd 2010, 9:17 am

    As long as it's out of peak hours (dogs running around flinging sand on sunbathers is not good) and fines for dog crap are enforced it's a great idea

  6. telephone on May 24th 2010, 5:17 am

    Bad Idea,

    I've owned four dogs, train them well.

    Dogs have parks and ovals.

    Beaches with no one on them in the middle of no where are fine for dogs to muck around at.

    Not Sydney beaches, there's enough people to begin with.

    Yuppies wanting far too much these days.
    Deary me

  7. Mike on May 24th 2010, 11:36 pm

    Will a 50m stretch of beach designated for dog use for 4hours each day really make such a great difference in your dog walking experience? The North Curly dog area is quite a big area.
    The democracy is being supported – 40% is not the majority.

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