Waders to share shoreline with off the leash dogs?

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Subject: Waders to share shoreline with off the leash dogs?
From: Burnice Starkey <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:23:05 +0000



months ago, the Northside Chronicle Wed March 28 ran a story stating that dog
lovers want the local Brisbane Council to provide an off-leash dog area along
the Sandgate foreshore. A meeting was to be hosted in the next few weeks…


will be an inaugural planning meeting to prepare a

Sharing Shorelines proposal to put to Council: Saturday 17 November at 10am.


The delay has been reported as being due to two key matters - whether Council
was prepared to consider a submission to create space for a dog off-leash area
on part of our beachfront, and whether Queensland Parks and Wildlife was
prepared to consider allowing a dog off-leash area on the Moreton Bay Marine
Park (which our local sandy foreshore forms part of).



The first discussion on this issue is proposed for the Sandgate & District
Historical Society & Museum-

150 Rainbow Street Sandgate, on Saturday 17 November at 10am.


I am alarmed to hear that many members of the Qld Wader Group QWSG will all be 
in Mackay doing a survey. 
As the dog-lovers will be present and very vocal we need people to speak up for 
the Waders.
It's a Marine Park. Is it not part of the Ramsar area? 
I, Burnice Starkey, have lived and walked along this foreshore a few times a wk 
for the past 12 years. 
I have seen the steady decline in migratory birds and regularly see early 
morning dog walkers letting their dog loose 
to run over the tidal areas happily chasing the bird life. I have not seen a 
Red-neck Stint in 2 years. 
Previously 15-20 were seen yearly from Sept till March.Wimbrils and Eastern 
Curlews are regularly disturbed. 
30 Bar-tailed Godwits were happily pursued by a small pedigree this morning at 
While we watched the eclipse. 
These dogs are not on leash, they are not out in the waves/water, 
they are running on the mud and sand between 19th Avenue and 10th Avenue where 
the waders feed at low tide. 

If you are able to attend and have a laptop presentation please email Victoria 
Newton your submission. 

Victoria Newton

Councillor for Deagon Ward

Deagon Ward Office

61 Cliff Street Sandgate     4017

T:  3667 6011   F: 
3667 6016

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