walking dogsIn response to the various letters of protest from the public and one of explanation from the council in regard to the new dog prohibitions during the day on Inverloch (Bass Coast) foreshore, I would like to ask one question. That is, “who are these prohibitions benefitting?”
Definitely not the dogs… they will be confined for the greater part of everyday throughout a long hot summer at their rental houses or their homes. More unhappy, under-stimulated, barking, isolated dogs around Inverloch.
Gone will be the capacity to see your dog enjoy him/herself in the water on a hot day, or to just wander along the shallows for a while.
Definitely not the dog owners who work… gone are sleep-ins during summer weekends followed by a walk on the beach, or a few hours swimming at the beach in the company of our dogs.
Definitely not the children in whose families dogs live… gone is the prospect of children enjoying the company of their entire family (which to many people includes their dog) for a day at the beach, seeing the happy antics of other dogs and becoming familiarised with their behaviours.
Definitely not the retired dog owners… who will continue to have to get up early to grab the few awarded hours, or go out late, rain or shine,  and who lose many opportunities to socialise because to do so would mean leaving their companions at home.
Definitely not the wildlife… dogs on leads do not interfere with wildlife, while the clearing of trees, and many other human activities do.
Definitely not the pristine nature of the foreshore… human faeces, beer cans and bottles, vomit, litter, fishing tackle and used tissues will continue to be deposited behind bushes and on the sand – regardless of the presence of dogs.
Definitely not those residents who have for years enjoyed living in Inverloch precisely for the benefits it offers – trees, beauty, the beach, seeing our families and our companion animals happy, included and thriving.
I suspect, not dogless beach goers: a dog passing by on leash is of no threat or interference to them.
Sometimes, and I believe these prohibitions to be one such time, rules serve to reduce the quality of life for a particular section of the community, at no observable advantage to the rest of the community. Sometimes, rules are just that, “rules”.
Karen Chugg, Inverloch.