If you’re a dog owner, now’s your chance to have your say. Queenstown Lakes District Council has approved a recommendation for public consultation on a number of proposed changes to the 2014 Dog Control Bylaw and Dog Control Policy, which will assist in the development of the new 2020 Bylaw and policy.
The proposed changes stem from pre-consultation taken last year, which received 184 submissions. QLDC animal control officer, Ashlin Woodley says that the Council is willing to explore changes despite the feedback indicating that the current Bylaw was generally working well. “Clear themes have emerged when engaging with dog owners in our community, and we’ve had a lot of people expressing a desire for additional walking tracks where dogs are required to be on-leash, while also allowing on-leash dogs to access Buckingham Street in Arrowtown,” said Woodley.
The proposed changes include restricting dogs to being on-leash when in Matakauri Park, permitting dogs on Buckingham Street in Arrowtown, but they must be on-leash at all times and prohibiting dogs on Queenstown Hill and Queenstown Hill Walkway. A clarification also included in the draft Dog Control Bylaw 2020, states that dogs are permitted on-leash at Bremner Bay in Wānaka — an existing restriction.
Woodley says “For anyone interested in chatting to Animal Control staff in person about the proposed changes, we’ll be out and about at The Queenstown Dog Walk on Sunday February 16.” You can also make a submission on QLDC’s Let’s Talk page, with submissions closing at 5.00pm on Friday February 28.