Full Time Off-Leash Dog Friendly Section for Island Bay Beach.

Petition details

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.

Submitted by Hilary Davis
Opened 26 November 2015
Closed 26 January 2016
Status Presented

Background information

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.


Signatures: 81

What happened to this petition?

This petition closed for signatures on 26 January 2016.

The petition was presented to the Environment Committee (disestablished October 2016) committee on 17 March 2016.