Queens Beach North dog off-leash area

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Off-leash dog areas play a critical role in our community infrastructure network which is why Council is invested in delivering and trialling locations across the Moreton Bay Region.

Currently, there are 59 dog off-leash areas across the Moreton Bay Region, four of which are located within the Redcliffe Peninsula:

  1. Bellevue Park, Redcliffe
  2. Boama Park, Rothwell
  3. Kroll Gardens, Clontarf
  4. Queens Beach North, Scarborough (trial)


Background

Council understands Queens Beach North is a popular family and recreational beach, and there have been concerns raised by the community around the interaction with unrestrained dogs and owners leaving their waste on the beach.

The dog off-leash area was trialled at Queens Beach North between March 2018 and August 2018 with dogs allowed off-leash before 8:00 AM and after 4:00 PM daily. In August 2018, the trial conditions were amended to allow dogs off-leash on a 24-hour basis, and the trial period was extended.

On Wednesday, 9 December 2020, Council resolved the Queens Beach North dog off-leash area trial arrangements to include:

  • the dog off-leash area to be reduced to the central and northern end of the existing area
  • improve signage on the beach to raise awareness of the designated trial area and the obligations of dog owners
  • seek formal feedback from the community on the trial.

Council considers a number of factors in evaluating a dog off-leash area trial and this may include:

  • location
  • size, layout and space availability
  • access and parking
  • co-location with other activities including recreational use
  • environmental sensitivity
  • existing infrastructure and amenity
  • community feedback.


Trial arrangements

The dog off-leash area at Queens Beach North has been reduced to approximately 425 meters, enabling the southern end of the beach to be free from unrestrained dogs.

The trial area will come into effect as of Thursday, 10 December 2020. The map provides an overview of the reduced dog off-leash area.

The northern limit of the trial area is the rock groyne, with the southern limit being the large stormwater pipe opposite the end of Griffith Road.

Under the reduced trial area, the area south of the stormwater pipe requires dogs to be on a leash at all times.

Please check the on-site signage to clearly understand the areas for exercising your dog.

Penalties may apply for not complying with Council’s local laws.


Being a responsible dog owner

  • Dogs are permitted off-leash in the reduced trial area 24-hours a day.
  • Ensure your dog is always kept under effective control.
  • Ensure your dog's waste is removed and disposed of responsibly.
  • Ensure your dog is always on a lead when not in the designated off-leash area, including to and from the off-leash area.


Have your say

Council sought community feedback on the reduced Queens Beach North dog off-leash area through a survey between 10 December 2020 and 5pm on 19 February 2021.

Council would like to thank the community for their feedback and participation in the community engagement process.

The feedback provided Council with critical insights into the trial area that will help inform this project and inform the future planning and delivery of dog off-leash areas across the region.

The future of the trial area will be determined and communicated by Wednesday 31 March 2021.

To ensure a timely, accurate and equitable decision, feedback received via Council's official survey will inform the findings report. Submissions via other platforms or mechanisms will be addressed separately.

Off-leash dog areas play a critical role in our community infrastructure network which is why Council is invested in delivering and trialling locations across the Moreton Bay Region.

Currently, there are 59 dog off-leash areas across the Moreton Bay Region, four of which are located within the Redcliffe Peninsula:

  1. Bellevue Park, Redcliffe
  2. Boama Park, Rothwell
  3. Kroll Gardens, Clontarf
  4. Queens Beach North, Scarborough (trial)


Background

Council understands Queens Beach North is a popular family and recreational beach, and there have been concerns raised by the community around the interaction with unrestrained dogs and owners leaving their waste on the beach.

The dog off-leash area was trialled at Queens Beach North between March 2018 and August 2018 with dogs allowed off-leash before 8:00 AM and after 4:00 PM daily. In August 2018, the trial conditions were amended to allow dogs off-leash on a 24-hour basis, and the trial period was extended.

On Wednesday, 9 December 2020, Council resolved the Queens Beach North dog off-leash area trial arrangements to include:

  • the dog off-leash area to be reduced to the central and northern end of the existing area
  • improve signage on the beach to raise awareness of the designated trial area and the obligations of dog owners
  • seek formal feedback from the community on the trial.

Council considers a number of factors in evaluating a dog off-leash area trial and this may include:

  • location
  • size, layout and space availability
  • access and parking
  • co-location with other activities including recreational use
  • environmental sensitivity
  • existing infrastructure and amenity
  • community feedback.


Trial arrangements

The dog off-leash area at Queens Beach North has been reduced to approximately 425 meters, enabling the southern end of the beach to be free from unrestrained dogs.

The trial area will come into effect as of Thursday, 10 December 2020. The map provides an overview of the reduced dog off-leash area.

The northern limit of the trial area is the rock groyne, with the southern limit being the large stormwater pipe opposite the end of Griffith Road.

Under the reduced trial area, the area south of the stormwater pipe requires dogs to be on a leash at all times.

Please check the on-site signage to clearly understand the areas for exercising your dog.

Penalties may apply for not complying with Council’s local laws.


Being a responsible dog owner

  • Dogs are permitted off-leash in the reduced trial area 24-hours a day.
  • Ensure your dog is always kept under effective control.
  • Ensure your dog's waste is removed and disposed of responsibly.
  • Ensure your dog is always on a lead when not in the designated off-leash area, including to and from the off-leash area.


Have your say

Council sought community feedback on the reduced Queens Beach North dog off-leash area through a survey between 10 December 2020 and 5pm on 19 February 2021.

Council would like to thank the community for their feedback and participation in the community engagement process.

The feedback provided Council with critical insights into the trial area that will help inform this project and inform the future planning and delivery of dog off-leash areas across the region.

The future of the trial area will be determined and communicated by Wednesday 31 March 2021.

To ensure a timely, accurate and equitable decision, feedback received via Council's official survey will inform the findings report. Submissions via other platforms or mechanisms will be addressed separately.