New dog signage for Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head is causing confusion, although residents Ian Godwin and his son Oscar are happy for the relaxed stance to bring their border collie Rex to the surf club.
New dog signage for Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head is causing confusion, although residents Ian Godwin and his son Oscar are happy for the relaxed stance to bring their border collie Rex to the surf club. Doug Eaton

No-dog signs at Seven Mile Beach?

THE Lennox Head Residents Association is seeking greater clarity on the ‘no dog’ rule near the surf club to the south of the dog-friendly Seven Mile Beach.

The association’s president, Fred Goodman, said new signage put in last month near the beach entrance at the Lennox Head Surf Club, confused matters and put young nippers at risk of dog attacks.

Mr Goodman said the signage, which designates the cut-off point between the ‘no dog’ area and the ‘leashed dog’ area, has brought dogs closer to the surf club.

“People think it’s okay to bring their dogs into the surf club. There are no dogs during market days, why should the surf club have to put up with it?” Mr Goodman said.

The association wants Ballina Shire Council’s civil services managers to inspect the site.

However, Lennox Head resident and dog lover Ian Godwin said it was the town’s relaxed stance on dogs that attracted him to the area from Forster.

“There is a great dog culture around here. People around here can be trusted with their dogs,” he said.

Sue Bathgate, Ocean View cafe owner at the surf club, said she thought the signage was ‘self explanatory’ and was happy to see dogs on leashes near her shop.




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