Dog problem at Byron beaches

DOGS running wild on Byron Bay beaches are driving beach-goers and environmentalists mad.

That’s according to Byron Shire councillor Patrick Morrissey, who wants to see more thorough policing of dog-free beach zones.

Cr Morrisey said beach users seeking a quiet time were frequently harassed by dogs in dog-free areas. “One Suffolk Park resident has even told me he’s planning to move because of the problem,” Cr Morrissey said. “He couldn’t even go for a swim without having his towel urinated on. ”

To help address the issue, Cr Morrissey will put forward a motion at today’s Byron Shire Council meeting to employ an extra part-time ranger at Suffolk Park.

Cr Morrissey said existing rangers were doing a good job, but were thinly spread, leaving some dog owners to become blasé about no-go zones.

Jan Olley, of Byron Bird Buddies, backed Cr Morrisey’s call for an extra ranger.

She said dogs roamed in dog-free beaches areas all over the shire, putting fragile bird populations at risk.



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