This petition requests that a section of Island Bay Beach is designated as an off-leash area for dogs for use at all times. The beach is large enough to accommodate all users without having a detrimental impact on families and children wishing to occupy a dog-free section. An initial poll on Neighbourly indicated wide support for this petition. This would improve the dog-friendly amenity of Island Bay for dogs who enjoy swimming & being off-leash. It would also reduce journeys to other suburbs.
Island Bay has few off-leash areas.
DOC highlights that penguins prefer predator-free off-shore islands. The risks onshore are not limited to dogs and include adjacent road traffic and cats who hunt at night. Alongside DOC, Forest & Bird have designated a number of penguin nesting areas around the South Coast and Island Bay Beach is not one of those. If the Island Bay Beach is not a favourable habitat for penguins, then the potential impact and risk of an off-leash area are minimal.