FW: Dog Walking Review Outcomes - Mornington Peninsula NP (Vic)

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Subject: FW: Dog Walking Review Outcomes - Mornington Peninsula NP (Vic)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:41:35 +1000
Below is an email I just received concerning dog walking on Mornington 
Peninsula NP, which was discussed here earlier this year (I think). Good news 
for Hooded Plovers, but I'll let others who know more about it comment on 
whether the news is good enough.

Peter Shute

-----Original Message-----
From: Responses  
Sent: Tuesday, 4 June 2013 2:18 PM
Subject: Dog Walking Review Outcomes - Mornington Peninsula NP

Review of Dog Walking - Mornington Peninsula National Park

Parks Victoria is pleased to announce the outcomes of the Dog Walking Review 
for the Mornington Peninsula National Park which was subject to a 'Have Your 
Say' community consultation process in October and November 2012.

Parks Victoria received almost 700 submissions and five petitions in response 
to the public consultation. The submissions were analysed by an independent 
consultant for Parks Victoria and a copy of a summary and full report is 
available on The analysis demonstrated there is 
community support for a ban on dogs in the park as well as a community desire 
for continued dog walking. 52% of submissions preferred a total ban or more 
restrictions and 44% preferred no change or fewer restrictions.

Based on the independent analysis of the submissions, a year round ban on dogs 
in additional areas of the Park will be introduced on 1 September 2013 to 
enhance protection of fauna values and reduce the impacts of dogs on other 
visitor experiences. In determining the future management of dogs in the Park, 
Parks Victoria acknowledged there is both significant community support for 
additional restrictions, including the option for a total ban on dogs, as well 
as a strong desire by many local residents for continued dog walking 

In balancing the need to improve conservation outcomes and provide for the 
recreational desires of residential communities abutting the Park, year round 
bans on dogs will apply in additional park areas including Gunnamatta Ocean 
Beach, sections of the St Andrews and Rye Ocean Beaches, sections of Portsea 
Surf Beach including the Sphinx Rock area, and sections of the Flinders to Cape 
Schanck coastline. The majority of the areas where the ban will apply are 
adjacent to rural areas or areas with low levels of residential development and 
minimal direct beach access.

The areas where dogs will be prohibited are key Hooded Plover breeding areas 
and/or habitat areas for small mammal species such as the threatened 
White-footed Dunnart and the Long-nosed Bandicoot. The dog ban areas will 
benefit many of the Park's threatened fauna species, including the ability to 
undertake intensive pest animal control, and enable visitors to enjoy more 
areas of the Park without the presence of dogs. 

The new regulations will become effective from 1 September 2013 and dogs on 
leash can then only be walked in designated areas as shown on the attached map 
from sunrise to 9.00 am. Detailed maps showing where dogs can continue to be 
walked can be viewed or downloaded on Parks Victoria's web site. 

Parks Victoria has also determined to undertake a further review on dog walking 
in the Park in 2015, to assess the effectiveness of these new restrictions in 
achieving improved conservation outcomes, as well as the level of community 
compliance with the regulations. This review may result in further restrictions 
on dogs in the Park.

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