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Responsible Dog Ownership? Find out more and have your say

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Dogs Policy Reference group invites all residents, ratepayers and visitors to attend responsible dog ownership community workshops

By Bass Coast Shire Council - 7th November 2001 - Back to News

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Picture sent via email: Deb Amor, Local Laws Officer, with friend Brody.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Dogs Policy Reference group invites all residents, ratepayers and visitors to attend responsible dog ownership community workshops that will be held throughout the Shire. The workshops are an opportunity for people to identify solutions to the issues raised in a recent public opinion survey about responsible dog ownership in the Shire. People will also be able to view the draft dog policy at the workshops.

Monash University has analysed the 1200 responses to a random survey of 5000 resident and non-resident ratepayers that was conducted in August. The survey asked the community for their opinion on a range of issues related to the management of dogs in public places.

"Results of the survey showed that people were keen to know about a wide variety of dog issues," said Deb Amor, Local Laws Officer with Bass Coast Shire Council. "They were keen to know about suitable places to exercise dogs in the Shire and what other councils are doing about dog issues."

"The workshops will be an opportunity for people, owners and non-owners, to come together and discuss the issues surrounding responsible dog ownership in our community," said Deb.

Deb explained that a draft dog policy will be available at the community workshops. The policy has been put together by the Dogs Policy Reference Group, which includes representatives from across the Shire.

"The Reference Group is keen to put together a comprehensive and workable policy," said Deb. "The draft policy will be available for comment at the discussion workshops."

The workshops will be held in five locations across the Shire including:

Coronet Bay Hall – Gellibrand Street, Coronet Bay
Monday 19 November, 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Inverloch Community Centre – A’Beckett Street, Inverloch
Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Newhaven Public Hall, Cleeland Road, Newhaven
Friday 23 November, 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Wonthaggi Town Hall, Baillieu Street, Wonthaggi
Thursday 29 November, 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Cowes Cultural Centre, Thompson Avenue, Cowes
Friday 7 December, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

"The workshops provide great opportunities for people to comment on the Reference Group’s proposed solutions about an issue that affects everyone, no matter if you have a dog or not," said Deb.

To find out more about the community workshops, pick up an information kit from any of Council’s Customer Service Centres, or at libraries and vet clinics throughout the Shire after 12 November. You can contact Council on (03) 5671 2211 or (03) 5951 3311 to have a kit mailed to you.


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