Barking mad

DOG owners will have to find a new place to walk their furry best friends come December 1 when the new Inverloch dog laws are put into place.
From December 1 through to April 30, dogs will not be permitted on any Inverloch beaches between 8am and 8pm under the management of the Bass Coast Shire. Dogs cannot be walked on the beach during the day with or without a lead.
This has dog owners and holiday-makers in Inverloch hopping mad. They have organised a petition and are urging people affected to contact Bass Coast Shire Council CEO, Allan Bawden or Cr Jordan Crugnale with their concerns.
Residents say dog walking is a popular activity for most Inverloch residents. Most people walk their dogs in the morning but with summer around the corner and during the height of tourist season, the law will be an inconvenience for many.
“Most of us have been here for 10 to 15 years and it has never been a hassle in the past,” Inverloch resident, Nola Seih-Brown said.
If caught with a dog, the offence is met with a warning followed by a fine.
“The off leash rule isn’t a problem but for older walkers in particular who wake up at 8am and are in bed by 8pm, the new dog ban is unsuitable,” pet owner, Joan Lucas said.
The decision was made through a survey to the public but no mention was given restrictions would be put in place as a result.
Designated dog areas are causing problems due to the hazardous nature of some areas and places where there is no beach at all when the tide comes in. It is also one the busiest fishing spots during summer and dogs can cause further complaints.
The ongoing saga may continue with many dogs expected on the beach during their small window of daylight in the early morning and evening.
There is some concern for tourists who will be unaware of the new law. With a week to go until the law is set in motion, there is still no signage along the beach.
“We are thinking of holding a public meeting but are waiting for further support from holidaymakers,” committee member, Robert Scott said.
Inverloch has always been a popular destination for pet owners with people from the Latrobe Valley coming down to give their dogs a run for day trips or the weekend. Day visitors from Melbourne as well as permanent holiday-makers will get a shock when they bring their animals down for some exercise.
For most it is not just a necessity but also a social activity. Inverloch residents often develop friendships from the familiar faces they see on the beach and like to stop and have a chat.
Often, it is the dog walkers who provide a public service for Inverloch beaches. Some volunteer their time, particularly after New Year’s Day, to walk along the beach and pick up rubbish.
On a daily basis, dog owners are very careful on the beach and will automatically put leads back on if the need arises and are always sure to carry plastic bags.
“We just want our beach back,” Inverloch dog owner, John Resuggan said.

One more stroll: Peter Scott and Lucy, John Ressugan and Ella, John and Zelda, Joan Lucas and Jupiter and Di Resuggan and Toby enjoy an afternoon on the beach a week before the dog laws come in to place.

One more stroll: Peter Scott and Lucy, John Ressugan and Ella, John and Zelda, Joan Lucas and Jupiter and Di Resuggan and Toby enjoy an afternoon on the beach a week before the dog laws come in to place.

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