ShareOurShores: Dogs on Beaches

Barwon Coast Committee of Management is responsible for managing 13kms of coastal reserve from Collendina at the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of 13th Beach. As part of our management we aim to provide safe and equitable access to the coastal reserves for all users, as well as conserving the natural values of the area.

The ShareOurShores Campaign is a project run by Barwon Coast focussing on all aspects of equitable use by all types of beach users. Current projects running under the ShareOurShores Banner include ‘Responsible Boating Behaviour’, ‘Reducing Human Impact on Sand Dunes’ and ‘Dogs on Beaches’.

ShareOurShores: Dogs on Beaches

The use of beaches by people walking dogs has the potential to impact on other types of users of the beach. Walking dogs is one aspect of equitable beach use that Barwon Coast are aiming to improve management and understanding of through ShareOurShores.

To ensure safe and equitable access for all, Barwon Coast, in conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong regulate access to beaches for dogs (see the attached pdf of the current regulations). The current regulations will be reviewed in 2018.  A public consultation process will be conducted for this review. Information on how you can be involved in this public consultation process will be provided on the Barwon Coast website, Barwon Coast Facebook and Twitter Accounts and via local newspapers.

Share Our Shores: Dogs on Beaches Public Consultation Process

Step 1: ShareOurShores Campaign Launch
November 2017

Step 2: Federation University Social Research Project: Barwon Coast – Examining impacts of population, domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and seasonal variants on coastal environments
January 2018 to April 2018. 

Step 3: Workshops and meetings with the general community and key stakeholder groups to discuss and review regulations for dogs on beaches on the Barwon Coast.
November 2018. Further information to follow closer to this date.

Step 1: ShareOurShores Campaign Launch

As a first step in the public consultation process, Barwon Coast held a launch of the Share Our Shores Campaign in November 2017.  Attendees at these events were informed on the current status and issues surrounding dogs on beaches on the Barwon Coast. A survey asking for the views and opinions on dogs on beaches was distributed to those who attended. Over 80 responses were collected and the information will assist Barwon Coast in managing dogs on beaches. The data from these responses are now being analysed by researchers from Federation University and will provide background date for Step 2 of the ShareOurShores: Dogs on Beaches Public Consultation Process

Step 2: Federation University Social Research Project: Barwon Coast – Examining impacts of population, domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and seasonal variants on coastal environments

See our Beach Use Report Page for more information on this project.