Protect Our Beaches
say “no” to off leash dogs

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The Northern Beaches Council is considering allowing dogs to roam off leash on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach, at Station Beach.

Off leash dogs will increase ocean pollution, threaten bird and marine life and increase the risk of unprovoked dog attacks on families and children. It will also increase traffic congestion and parking problems at Palm Beach.

The proposed trial would create a dangerous precedent where all beaches on the peninsula could become open to off leash dogs.

The Council has asked the community to vote on whether they should set up a trial to allow dogs to roam off leash on Station Beach.

Show the Council the community doesn’t support this.

VOTE NO

Why we are saying “No” to off leash
dogs at Palm Beach

The Environment

Allowing off leash dogs on Station Beach will increase pollution from dog waste, impacting the beach and coastline.

Unrestrained dogs will threaten wildlife, including birds, marine life, including seahorses and two endangered species of seagrass, which are exposed and particularly vulnerable at low tide.

A similar proposal to allow dogs off leash on Station Beach was rejected in 2008 due to the same environmental concerns that exist today.

Other major beachside Councils in Sydney do not allow dogs on beaches, including at Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Clovelly beaches.

Safety of children and families

Station Beach is one of the most child and family friendly beaches on the peninsula, popular with residents and visitors alike. Allowing dogs to roam off leash on the beach is completely incompatible with how it is used.

Station Beach doesn’t have waves and provides a safe environment for families and visitors, particularly those with young children.

There were 693 dog attacks in Sydney in the first six months of 2018, including 38 on the Northern Beaches.

Allowing dogs to roam off leash on Station Beach will increase the likelihood of an unprovoked dog attack, impacting the safety of children, visitors and residents.

Traffic and congestion issues

Palm Beach has extremely limited parking, and is already struggling to meet demand, particularly for visitors. There is one single lane road in and one single lane road out of the peninsula, so the roads get clogged, quickly.

Allowing an off leash dog area on Station Beach is likely to result in thousands of additional visitors, coming from as far south as Manly and beyond.

These additional visitors will dramatically increase traffic congestion and exacerbate existing parking issues.

Protect Palm Beach
Say “No” to off leash dogs

Northern Beaches Council is considering allowing dogs to roam off leash on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach, at Station Beach.

Help us to protect Station Beach from dog waste including urine and faeces in the water and on the beach.

Off leash dogs will also threaten bird and marine life; increase the risk of unprovoked dog attacks on families and children; and create traffic congestion and parking problems at Palm Beach.

The community is being given an opportunity to have their say.

Join the campaign and show the Council the community doesn’t support this by voting NO.

VOTE NO
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Map of Proposed Trial Area