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Surf Coast Shire Council trialling dog waste bag dispensers at reserves

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Surf Coast Shire Council is piloting the installation of dispensers and free dog waste bags at a range of popular public reserves to make it easier for owners to clean up after their pets.

Dispensers are being installed as part of a 12-month trial at the following locations:

  • Banyul Warri Fields AFL ovals, soccer and hockey pitches, Torquay
  • Quay Reserve, Torquay
  • Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay
  • Bob Pettitt Reserve, Jan Juc
  • Bellbrae Reserve
  • Ellimatta Reserve, Anglesea
  • Newling Reserve, Moriac
  • Mount Moriac Recreation Reserve
  • Stribling Reserve, Lorne
  • Eastern Reserve, Winchelsea
  • Barwon River Reserve, Winchelsea
  • Winchelsea Common

Cr Adrian Schonfelder said dog owners are required to carry waste pick-up bags under local law but the dispensers would provide extra options.

“We love seeing sporting clubs and individuals including dog owners making such good use of our sporting ovals and recreation reserves across the shire,” Cr Schonfelder said.

“But we consistently hear complaints about dog waste at these spaces.

“Cleaning up after dogs and disposing of waste properly in bins is part of being a responsible pet owner using these reserves. By providing dog waste bag dispensers and bags at these locations we hope to ensure that all users can have pleasant and safe experiences sharing facilities.”

The new dispensers are the first provided by Council. Existing dispensers along coastal reserves are supplied and managed by Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.

Under Council’s local law, dog owners can face fines for failing to carry pick-up bags, or failing to pick up after their dogs.

People seeking more information can call Council on 52610600 or lodge a request via www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au/request

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