FREEDOM: Puzzle and Missy love a run.
FREEDOM: Puzzle and Missy love a run. Michael L. Baird

Maps show where you can exercise your dog

YOU can now find 43 new dog exercise area maps that clearly show where people can take their dogs in the Coast's south.

The new maps reflect the current on and off leash areas, as well as dog prohibited areas that were identified as part of the latest Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy.

The strategy was developed after extensive community consultation to determine the most appropriate ways for Council to cater for the needs of dog owners and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Manager of Culture Phil Cantillon said the new maps would not only better inform dog owners, but also people who did not own a dog.

Some of the maps have been turned into signs and installed at a number of popular dog exercise areas including Terrigal, Avoca, Copacabana, MacMasters and Umina beaches, Pippi Point in Davistown and Peppermint Park in Kariong.

"Establishing quality, consistent and visible signage was another key recommendation of the Strategy," Mr Cantillon said. "These changes and initiatives are all aimed at encouraging responsible dog ownership in open spaces and increasing community awareness."

This follows an additional public exhibition period in which 96 submissions were received and then the areas were adopted by Council. Across the entire Central Coast, Council provides 58 dog exercise areas at many of the region's beaches and parks.

The maps are available online at gosford.nsw.gov.au/dogmaps


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