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Push for a doggone beach

- ERIN JONES SOUTHERN TIMES MESSENGER

DOGS would be banned from a popular southern suburbs beach for six months of the year under a council plan to create Adelaide’s first dog-free beach.

Onkaparing­a Council wants to make a 460m stretch of the coast, north from the Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club, dog-free during daylight saving - from October through to the first week in April. If ap- proved, it will be the first time dogs are banned at all times from a popular beach.

The council says the proposal is in response to residents’ requests for a “family-friendly”, dog-free stretch of southern coastline.

Noarlunga City Obedience Dog Club president Brian Fielder said the proposed ban was “fair”. “I don’t see a big problem with just having a small area designated to be dog-free as there’s plenty of other beaches like Christies where you can have your dog,” Mr Fielder said. Public consultati­on on the changes ends on August 7, with council likely to make a decision in September.

Port Noarlunga resident Danica Spratt understood the council’s reasoning, but was against the proposal.

“We always take our dog, Kel, to the beach at Port Noarlunga because we only live around the corner, so this would be quite an inconvenie­nce to us,” Ms Spratt said. erin.jones@news.com.au

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