I would like to raise awareness around the issue of Central Coast Council not contacting all registered dog owners on decisions that will impact them greatly.
Council is proposing to reduce dog owners’ ability to exercise and socialise their dogs.
Every morning we see happy groups and individuals with their pooches getting exercise and socialising.
This not only enhances our community morale but also reduces dog aggression and nuisance barking as well as dog owners surrendering their dogs to already overcrowded pounds that are faced with mass euthanasia of much-loved family pets.
Council has the owner details of all dogs that are registered on the Central Coast and it is sneaky and undemocratic not to contact dog owners about these important decisions, just as they would do with development applications to surrounding neighbours.
We need both dog owners to become aware of this issue as well as hold Council responsible for their lack of consultation with the public that will be impacted the most.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Community feedback is being invited until August 26 on Council’s Draft Dogs in Open Space Action Plan, a 10-year Action Plan for future planning, management and prioritisation of infrastructure, including where dogs can play on or off leash, and where they are prohibited. See full story, Coast News, July 22.