Dog walkers in the shire say a one-size-fits-all approach to beaches is not the way to go.
Eurobodalla Shire Council recently voted to put the revised Companion Animal Management Plan – which dictates canine beach access – out for a second public consultation period.
The latest plan follows a large-scale review earlier in the year.
However, a group of residents near North Broulee Beach says the revised proposal makes no sense.
One couple, who wished to remain anonymous, objected to a proposal to change the area between Train Street and Bayside Street to an off-leash zone.
“Young people and people of all ages frequent that area which is still in the proposed dogs off-leash area … it just doesn't make any sense mixing dogs with people at this beach,” the residents said.
“Last Easter, one of our daughters had to pick up her dear little three-year-old daughter as a very large and aggressive dog ran up to her and her little girl.
“We have seen this type of event when dogs intimidate or harass people and children on many occasions during many years.”
A council spokesperson said councillors acknowledged the plan would not please everyone but had congratulated staff and the community on a genuine collaboration based on feedback.
The shire’s revised dog exercise area plan will be displayed for public comment after councillors endorsed a recommendation at the Tuesday, July 31, meeting.
According to the council, the draft plan has almost doubled the number of 24/7 off-leash areas.
The draft plan recommends off-leash areas increase from 15 locations to 29, with timeshare off-leash zones proposed for 17 areas.
Beaches where dogs would be prohibited would remain at 12.
The plan recommends additional off-leash areas at Surf Beach, Nelligen, Dalmeny and a trial at the Hanging Rock sporting complex.
It is proposed dogs be prohibited from fields where formal community sports are played; however, dogs would be allowed on-leash on the sidelines, associated access tracks and non-playing field areas.
Following exhibition, a further report will be presented to the council for consideration of any additional issues raised by the community.
To view the plan or submit feedback, visit esc.nsw.gov.au/publicexhibition and click on the Draft Companion Animal Management Plan. The draft plan will be displayed for 28 days.