Brisbane City Council is making the foreshore dog off-leash area in Sandgate permanent following a successful trial that brought positive community feedback and positive shorebird monitoring results.
Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chair Fiona Cunningham said Council collaborated with Department of Environment and Science and the University of Queensland (UQ) to undertake the trials in three locations.
“Brisbane is a dog-loving city, and just like we love the salt and sand, so do our furry family members who voted with their paws during the trials,” Cr Cunningham said.
“These trials were about balancing the needs of recreation and conservation and the UQ research and community feedback shows that we’ve achieved that balance.
“We are pleased the shorebird monitoring results from UQ showed the trial increased the number of dogs kept on-leash in sensitive areas for migratory shorebirds at Sandgate.”
“Since the coronavirus pandemic, visitation to our city’s parks and reserves has significantly increased due to people preferring to stay close to home while enjoying the outdoors.
“We will continue to identify suitable locations for residents and their fur babies to run free and socialise with other dogs.”
Council will install new signage at the area to educate residents about shorebird protection and will continue to monitor the location for compliance.