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Posted on 17/12/2021 by

Sharing our beaches this summer


 We all appreciate how beautiful Phillip Island (Millowl) beaches are, and at this time of the year they are drawing everyone from near and far. 

The ever-growing numbers of surfers, dog walkers, young families, fishers, local community, and holidaymakers just to name a few.

With a busy summer holiday season predicted, beachgoers are reminded that Phillip Island’s popular beaches are for everyone to share – including local wildlife.

Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire and The Bass Coast Dog Owners Association are encouraging everyone to share and enjoy the island’s beaches while protecting local wildlife, which at this time of the year are breeding in sand dunes.

Everyone can help by:

  • sticking to the walking tracks and staying off the dunes
  • disposing of any rubbish responsibly
  • checking the latest dog regulations, keeping dogs on a leash in on-leash areas and under control on off-leash beaches
  • giving others space and consideration

“We are expecting a busy summer this year and we are working together to ensure everyone can enjoy their visit to the beach, whilst also protecting the island’s wildlife and the safety of the community and visitors,” Nature Parks Ranger in Charge, Ben Thomas, said.

“We are fortunate to have many areas where we can share the beaches with our dogs and we simply ask everyone to care for each other and their dogs by observing the rules and regulations which are for everyone’s comfort and safety.”

Cheryl Owens also said on behalf of the Phillip Island and Bass Cost Dog Owners Association: “We would like to say that we wholeheartedly support responsible dog ownership and encourage our members to adhere to the rules and regulations for our summer period.”

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said that it is important everyone has the chance to enjoy the beach this summer.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy their visit to the beach, safely. By working together with our community, we can make sure everyone has a great time, including our favourite four-legged friends,” Cr Whelan said.

Look out for beach signage at the entry to your local beach or reserve, which tell you how to share our shores with important safety information and dog regulations. The dog regulations have changed for the summer months between 1 December and 30 April.

Find out more here