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Still Time to Have Say on Off-Leash Areas

Calling for community support for off-leash areas.

By Portal Admin - 16th February 2019 - Back to News

There is still time to have your say on proposed off-leash areas for dogs on beaches in San Remo and on Phillip Island.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s online survey is open until Friday, 15 February and can be completed by visiting

Through the survey, Council is hoping to identify the level of community support for off-leash areas in the following locations:

  • San Remo – Foots Beach
  • Newhaven – next to Phillip Island bridge
  • Cleeland Bight (Cape Woolamai) – three options on the main beach
  • Cowes – west of the Yacht Club

Currently, there are no off-leash beach areas in San Remo and the only off-leash beach area on Phillip Island is located at Ventnor. The four proposed locations provide the opportunity for fair and equitable use of beaches, while considering amenity and the environment.

Currently, dogs are allowed on-leash on the beach at San Remo, except between 10.00am and 6.00pm, from 1 December to 30 April. Dogs are allowed on-leash on some Council managed Phillip Island beaches, except between 8.00pm and 7.00am and 10.00am to 5.00pm, from 1 December to 30 April with the exception of Cowes Main Beach (Mussel Rocks to Erehwon Point) where dogs are prohibited at all times.

Results from the survey will inform recommendations for the formal designation of off-leash areas on the beach in San Remo and on Phillip Island.

For more information, please contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.


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