You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Dog walking restrictions increase in Mornington Peninsula National Park to help save threatened bird

News

Dog walking restrictions increase in Mornington Peninsula National Park to help save threatened bird

Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Parks Victoria is advising visitors to the Mornington Peninsula National Park that changes to dog walking restrictions will apply from 1 September 2013.

The changes have been introduced to help protect wildlife, including the threatened Hooded Plover shorebird, and to respect the needs of all park visitors.

Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge, Kris Rowe, said the changes had been made following extensive public consultation and were an important step in helping to protect the Hooded Plover.

“The Hooded Plover population in the Mornington Peninsula National Park is one of the largest in Victoria. However, it has a lower level of breeding success compared to those in other Victorian coastal areas and is quite vulnerable to the presence of dogs.

“We will be installing new signage and advertising the new restrictions to maximise awareness amongst the community and help everyone understand the changes.

“We would also like to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation in helping to protect Hooded Plovers and other vulnerable species and their breeding habitats,” said Kris.

The new restrictions:

· Dogs are prohibited at all times in an additional 7km of coastline between Portsea and Flinders

Dog walking will continue to be permitted on-lead between sunrise and 9am only, in selected and sign-posted sections of the national park including:

· 14km of coast between Sorrento and Rye

 and additional defined areas at:

· Portsea Surf Beach,

· St Andrews Beach

· Flinders Ocean Beach

Alternative areas for dog walking on the southern peninsula include:

· Some bay beaches and public reserves managed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

The new restrictions will apply from 1 September 2013 and penalties for non compliance will be enforced.

 For advice on alternative dog walking areas outside of the national park, visit the Mornington Peninsula Shire website at www.mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 1300 850 600.

What's on

Click to view RSS Feed

Palimpsest: Minela Krupic

5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 30 Apr 2014 12:00am

Award winning artist Minela Krupic is bringing her poignant and thought-provoking first solo exhibition Palimpsest to Point Nepean National Park. The Palimpsest exhibition explores the stories of migrants quarantined at Point Nepean through collected images of them. A palimpsest is a manuscript from which the text has been scraped or…

Click to view RSS Feed

Brimbank Park Running Festival

27 Apr 2014

Brimbank Park Running Festival will be held on the 27 April at Brimbank Park. This event has a specific focus on an outdoor healthy lifestyle and is inclusive of all levels and ages with a distance to suit everyone. You may choose to walk, run or a bit of both.…

Click to view RSS Feed

Melbourne Tramways Band Recital

27 Apr 2014 2:30pm-4:30pm

The Melbourne Tramways Band will be holding their "Spirit of Anzac" recitial at the open air bandstand in Wattle Park in Burwood (weather permitting). Mel 60 J3. Bring your own rug or chair. If a concert is to be cancelled, we will advise Parks Victoria by midday and you may…

Click to view RSS Feed

Preserving the Point

30 Apr 2014 9:00am - 1 May 2014 7:30pm

The ideal conservation holiday for those looking for a physical challenge amongst some of the state's most picturesque surroundings. You will make a direct contribution to critical environmental science and park management, learn about the native species and the monitoring program, and experience the beautiful landscape of Point Nepean.