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

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: FW: Dog Walking Review Outcomes - Mornington Peninsula NP (Vic)
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 15:28:48 +1000
It sounds reasonable Peter (although I do not know the areas well enough to
comment) but will it be enforced - I have been to many places where dogs
are banned or only allowed on lead and the regulations are blatantly
ignored - one day in the Dandenongs I saw a guy with two off
lead Retrievers tell a ranger "I do this every day" and walked on and the
ranger did (and probably could do) nothing. In 10 years of walking my dogs
(legally!) locally I have yet to see a ranger enforce the rules!

On 4 June 2013 14:41, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> 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 opportunities.
> 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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