FRANKSTON Council is one step closer to repealing its controversial ban on dogs in the city centre.
As the rules stand, dogs are prohibited in the central activity area of Frankston. Under the new proposal, on-lead registered dogs would be allowed in the area bounded by Davey Street, Kananook Creek, and Fletcher Road.
Council is also considering confining cats to their homes 24/7, and designating a section of the foreshore as a free roam area for dogs.
Earlier this year, council sought feedback on the current local laws. The mayor Kris Bolam said that the 750 responses received showed that changes should be proposed.
“We understand that our residents love their pets and these are significant changes, so we want to make sure everyone has had the chance to have their say,” he said. “Council recognises the important part animals play in our lives, and is open to increasing dogs’ access to our city and beach should the community tell us that’s what they want.
“Frankston is unique in that many residential properties are adjacent or in close proximity to our natural reserves. Cats are wonderful pets, but they are also more predatory by nature. With more than 5000 cats registered in Frankston City, it poses a real and legitimate threat to our native wildlife. Council orders are in place to guide and support owners’ management of their pets so they can live in harmony with neighbours, our wider community, local wildlife and the environment.”
Council is further consulting the community on the proposed changes at engage.frankston.vic.gov.au. Submissions are open until 17 August.