Ocean Grove Dog Controls - engagement update

25 November 2021

Update - 25 November 2021

City of Greater Geelong Councillors have considered public feedback on the first year of a trial dog-free area at Ocean Grove Main Beach. The endorsement of the public feedback by Councillors means dog control orders will be put in place for the second year of the trial.

Barwon Coast and the City of Greater Geelong are working together on the trial, which began on 1 January 2021 after previous feedback highlighted the need for an area of beach to be set aside as dog-free all year round.

Feedback from both dog walkers and non-dog walkers on the dog-free trial was encouraged during the six-week community engagement period.

In total, 1140 people shared their views about the dog control orders on the section of the beach where the Surf Life Saving Club is based, and which is also popular with swimmers, surfers and Nippers.

The survey results showed 76 per cent of respondents were dog owners. Of these respondents, 72 per cent were from Ocean Grove and 12 per cent from Barwon Heads.

You can read the full report here, or you can find it in the Document Library on the Your Say page.

Thank you to everyone for their valuable feedback!