Dog owners advised of changes to hours their pets are allowed on northern beaches


DOG owners are advised of changes to the hours their pets are allowed on northern beaches during the winter months.

Dogs are allowed on orange zones before 9am and after 4pm during winter. While they are on these beaches, dogs must stay on a leash.

Orange zones on northern beaches include:

  • Part of Stanwell Park Beach
  • Coalcliff
  • Scarborough / Wombarra
  • Brickyard Point
  • Thirroul
  • Sandon Point Beach
  • Bulli
  • Woonona
  • Part of Bellambi Beach
  • Corrimal
  • Towradgi
  • Part of Fairy Meadow Beach

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it was important dog owners noted the change of hours for when owners were permitted to take their pet out for exercise.

“Our rangers are out and talking with community members to remind them of their responsibilities as a dog owner,” he said.

“And while it’s good that people are giving their dogs essential exercise, they need to follow the rules. This also includes cleaning up after your dog and throwing used poo bags in the bin, and keeping dogs off rock platforms and out of rock and ocean pools.”

Council has three zones to clearly show where dogs are, and are not, permitted on beaches. Green-zones beaches allow year-round off-leash access, no dogs are allowed in Red Zones, and orange zones have timed, on-leash access. The summer timetable for orange zoned beaches resumes at the start of the September school holidays.

Cr Bradbery said people should always check signs at each beach to ensure they and their pets are doing the right thing.

“We see people out and about and using our beaches and we ask dog owners to follow the rules and do the right thing by their pet and fellow beach users,” Cr Bradbery said.

“I would also like to remind everyone that, right now, beaches are for exercise only. They’re not spaces for socialising, sunbaking or relaxation. We all need to work together and to do the right thing to support the State and Federal Governments’ social and physical distancing measures. The number of people being diagnosed with Coronavirus, or COVID-19, might be on a downward trend in NSW but we need to continue to be vigilant to protect our vulnerable community members.”

Visit the Council’s website for Dogs on Beaches information.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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