Room for all on our beaches
With 60 per cent of our population owning dogs plus all the tourists' families with dogs who visit here, invited directly by Shoalhaven Council in their pet friendly brochure, the severe lack of suitable off-leash beach ares offered is appalling. So, too, the excessive fines for non compliance, over $320,000 in the last three months.
Most families with dogs would like to exercise them in places they wish to be - namely at the beach - not forced into a fenced area where dogs are trapped with dogs they may feel endangered by. These unhealthy places - parvovirus lives in the soil - need regular maintenance.
On beaches, where dog owners pick up after their dogs (plus trash left by humans) dogs socialise, run happily with many different breeds, owners socialise - and a warm happy community thrives. Totally cleaned by sun and salt.
Access on foot to off-leash beach areas are also essential so the roads are not clogged - it's part of our exercise to be able to walk from home to the off-leash area, on the lead through the more crowded swimming areas.
The majority needs to be considered. A handful of vocal antagonistic complainers who are unwilling to share or be civil, email and call council constantly so it appears that dog owners are a nuisance. But come see for yourself the truth of the situation.
It is a harmonious respectful community of dog owners and non dog owners who enjoy the beach and each other with joy, delighting in sharing.
S. Goulston, Mollymook
Eurobodalla dog policy works
I would like to commend the Eurobodalla Shire Council for the way that they went about researching, surveying and reporting to the locals about the dog recommendations for on/off lead beaches. In my area it is clearly signed to let you know what type of beach you are on and if dogs are permitted. It is also not very far to a 24 hour dog friendly beach if you don't want to wait to 5pm. The council had made it simple for non-dog and dog owners alike especially visitors as it is well signed and advertised. It has also made it easier and safer for council workers to patrol as areas are clearly marked. Thank you again Eurobodalla Shire Council for being so thorough and fair with the process and results. It's working very well.
S. Lloyd, Malua Bay
Property acquisitions inevitable
Because of the paucity of relevant traffic data in the bypass evaluation report, I think it significant that both Hank Laan and I have independently reached the same conclusion that a grade separated (flyover) intersection is required at the Canberra Crescent/Princes Highway junction. Hank and I are also agree there is sufficient width in the LEP corridor from Canberra Crescent to McDonald Parade to make further property acquisition in this section unnecessary. However, our opinions differ on other important aspects of the future upgrade of the Princes Highway through Burrill Lake.
The NSW government has committed to upgrading the highway to two lanes in each direction between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay by 2034. As a result, the highway through the whole of Burrill Lake is to be upgraded to two lanes in each direction The suggestion to convert the two lane Burrill Lake Bridge into three lanes is not an option. The new bridge barely meets the minimum Austroads standards for a two lane bridge on a major highway. A duplication of the existing bridge seems the only available option to meet the government's commitment to two lanes in each direction. Such duplication will involve property acquisitions on the east side of the highway between the McDonald Pde roundabout and the lake, and this will inevitably happen unless an alternative to Option 1 can be found. This will no doubt come as a surprise to those residents who adjoin this section of the highway, particularly in light of recent acquisitions for the existing bridge.