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Dogs on Beaches

When reviewing the controls below, please note we are currently outside of daylight savings.

Note: on 16 May 2017, Council resolved a change to the dog controls on Normanville Beach so that a Family Friendly area (dog on leash at all times) is implemented 100 meters north of the jetty at all times.  Council is currently updating signage at the location to reflect the new control.

Our controls balance the needs of all our beach and reserve users by providing areas where families can relax and play without being pestered by dogs whilst also providing areas where dog owners can exercise their dog’s off-leash.

To maximise your experience in our reserves and on our beaches, ensure you are aware of the controls within the area you are visiting as our controls may vary depending on the time of year and the time of day.

As our beaches and reserves are busier in the warmer months, controls may change during daylight savings which, in South Australia, commences on the first Sunday in October each year until the first Sunday of April of the following year.  These controls are typically implemented between 10am and 6pm unless within an area required at all times (ie: family friendly or ‘wetland’ areas).

We encourage responsible dog ownership within our District and Council requests current registration discs are worn to assist with identification and that dog faeces is immediately picked up and disposed of appropriately.

What does “under effective control” mean?

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our visitors, owners are required to have their dog under effective control at all times.  A dog is considered to be under effective control (on or off-leash when):

  • Your dog is within 50 meters of you and can be seen at all times
  • Your dog is in close proximity to you
  • Your dog will return to your side by responding to your voice command, whistle or hand signal immediately
  • You are able to control your dog in any circumstance
  • Your dog does not chase, harass or cause a nuisance to any person, animal or bird

Extra criterion regarding effective control whilst walking your dog on the beach:

To maximise a positive experience for visitors to our beaches, dogs should NOT be allowed to:

  • Jump up on/harass other beach users, especially young children and the elderly
  • Act aggressively towards other dogs or animals
  • Urinate on beach towels/clothes
  • Run uncontrolled with the risk of colliding into people
  • Be exercised off-leash in sand dunes and areas where restrictions have been installed to assist in the preservation of flora or fauna (ie: where there are Hooded Plover nests/eggs/chicks)

If you are not confident your dog meets these criteria, do not exercise the dog off‑leash.  We suggest you discuss with an animal instructor about training routines to solve these problems.

Picking up after your dog:

There are many dog poo bag dispensers available throughout our District, should a container need replenishing, please call us on 8558 0200. Poo bags can be found at the following locations:

North Carrickalinga

  • Car Park beach entrance/lookout
  • Car Park southern end
  • Seaspray Avenue beach entrance

Carrickalinga Sands

  • Car Park beach entrance

South Carrickalinga

  • Car Park beach entrance
  • Corner Broadbeach & Gold Coast Drive
  • Gold Coast Drive:
  • Opp Nos 2: Beach Entrance
  • Opp Nos 3: Beach Entrance
  • Opp Nos 40: Beach Entrance
  • Opp Nos 31: Beach Entrance
  • Car park beach entrance by toilets

Second Valley

  • Beach Entrance

Yankalilla

  • Skate Park/Library/the Centre
  • Foodland car park by toilet block
  • Golf Course

Normanville Beach

  • Car park – at 3 beach entrances

Normanville

  • Bungala Park
  • Corner Johnston Avenue & Hunt Drive

Myponga Sports Ground

Myponga Beach

  • Northern entrance

Cape Jervis

  •  KI Terminal car park

 

EXERCISING YOUR DOG ON THE BEACH

Controls have been implemented to provide:

  • family friendly areas at Carrickalinga and Normanville during daylight savigs where dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • protection for our sand dunes and flora and fauna. 
  • protection of wetland areas and river outlets.

TABLES OF CONTROLS - DAYLIGHT SAVING:

 * Family Friendly/dog on-leash Areas during daylight savings:

These zones provide an area on our most popular beaches an area where dogs must be kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES to provide a family friendly area or protection for flora/fauna in our river outlets:

      -           At Carrickalinga beach 100 meters either side of beach access block by toilet block

      -           At Normanville beach 200 meters north of the jetty and 400 meters south of the jetty

      -           At Lady Bay 100 meters either side of the Yankalilla River outlet

      -           At Myponga Beach West of the pedestrian access point (also boat launching area) 

Daylight Saving Controls - Key: Y = yes   -   = no or NA

 

Family Friendly Areas - Dog on leash at all times 

10am – 6pm dog on leash control

Dogs off-leash outside 10am – 6pm

Dog free beach 
(Not permitted at any time)

Carrickalinga

Y

Y

Y

-

Normanville

Y

Y

Y

-

Myponga

Y

Y

-

Lady Bay

Y

Y

Y

-

Morgan’s

 -

Y

Y

-

Rapid Bay

 -

Y

Y

-

Second Valley

 -

Y

Y

-

Coolawang

 -

-

-

Y

Callawonga

 -

-

-

Y

Ballaparudda

 -

-

-

Y

Tunkalilla

 -

-

-

Y

Shelly

 -

-

-

Y

Lands’ End

 -

-

-

Y

TABLES OF CONTROLS - OUTSIDE OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

* Family Friendly/dog on-leash Areas outside of daylight savings:

These zones provide an area on our most popular beaches an area where dogs must be kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES to provide a family friendly area or protection for flora/fauna in our river outlets:

      -           At Normanville beach 100 meters north of the jetty of the jetty

      -           At Lady Bay 100 meters either side of the Yankalilla River outlet

      -           At Myponga Beach West of the pedestrian access point (also boat launching area) 

Outside Daylight Saving Controls - Key:     Y = yes   -   = no or NA

 

Family Friendly Areas - Dog on leash at all times 

10am – 6pm dog on leash control

Dog exercise beach at all times (outside of  dog-on leash areas)

Dogs on-leash at all times

Dog free beach 
(Not permitted at any time)

Carrickalinga

-

 

Y

-

-

Normanville

Y

 

Y

-

-

Myponga

Y

-

Y

-

-

Lady Bay

Y

 

Y

-

-

Morgan’s

-

 

Y

-

-

Rapid Bay

-

Y

-

-

-

Second Valley

-

Y

-

-

-

Coolawang

-

 -

-

Y

-

Callawonga

-

 

-

Y

-

Ballaparudda

-

 

-

Y

-

Tunkalilla

-

 

-

Y

-

Shelly

-

 

-

-

Y

Lands’ End

-

 

-

-

Y

PROTECTING OUR FLORA AND FAUNA

As required and with the aim of protecting flora and fora, Council will cordon off areas of a beach where there are Hooded Plover nests, eggs or chicks. 

Within these areas, irrespective of the controls in place on the rest of the beach, dogs will be required to be placed on a leash. 

If Hooded Plover protection is required on a beach where vehicles are permitted, vehicles will not be permitted to drive or park near any cordoned off area. 

Temporary signage will be installed advising of these temporary restrictions and regular patrols will take place to ensure controls are being complied with. 

Council takes the protection of sensitive areas and Hooded Plovers seriously, therefore expiation notices may be issued if you are not following the implemented controls.

EXERCISING YOUR DOGS IN A RESERVE:

Council has implemented dog on-leash controls in reserves where there is children’s playground equipment, wetlands and/or shared paths.

Controls within reserves are valid at all times and do not change depending on the time of year or time of day (ie 10am to 6pm) with the exception of Bungala Park (see below).

The following reserves are dog on leash at all times: 

  • Apex Park
  • Banksia Park
  • Johnson and Katherine Drive Reserve
  • Lions Yankalilla Youth Park
  • Normanville Foreshore and Car Park
  • Robert Norman Reserve
  • Second Valley Playground
  • Tuna Crescent Reserve
  • North Bay Car Park to Haycock Reserve

Bungala Park is a dog on-leash area between 8am and sunset.  Outside of these times the park is a dog exercise area.  These controls will be reviewed during its redevelopment. 

EXPIATION NOTICES

Walking your dog on the beach is a lovely experience for you and for your dog, but this is a privilege, not a right.  There are laws that apply which are intended to ensure ALL beach and reserve users enjoy their experience.

Council has employed additional resources which regularly patrol our District. Residents and visitors are encouraged to call our Customer Service Team on 8558 0200 or email council@yankalilla.sa.gov.au to report any possible infringement of controls.

The following expiations may be issued should dog owners not take responsibility for their dogs:

 

Type of offence Expiation Fee
Not picking up dog faeces $55
Exercising a dog off leash during times where on-leash controls are in place $80
Exercising a dog which is not under effective control $80
Having an unregistered dog $80
Non-compliance with a by-law $187.50

 

 

 

Contact Us

1 Charles Street

PO Box 9

Yankalilla SA 5203

Tel: 08 8558 0200

Fax: 08 8558 2022

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