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Council adopts dog ban
Monday, 7 April 2008
At this week's council meeting councillors adopted a dog-control bylaw that includes a ban on dogs from Curio Bay Reserve, including the Curio Bay Camping Ground.

All 15 submissions supported banning dogs in the area.

Representing the South Catlins Development Trust, Val Whyte said many people had ignored the existing bylaw requirements for all dogs to be on a lead in the area. "As much as we can tell people ... they just don't listen," Ms Whyte said.

The trust was concerned for the safety of the yellow-eyed penguin colony and sea lions that lived on the camping ground's boundary.

Ms Whyte said she and her partner ran the camping ground and were constantly telling people to put their dogs on a lead.

"It takes up a lot of resources to constantly be policing it," she said.

Cr John Douglas asked whether there had been any reports of dogs attacking penguins or seals.

Ms Whyte said there had been.

Fellow submitter Nick Smart said banning dogs was crucial.

Mr Smart, who manages the Dolphin Lodge Backpackers and owns the Catlins Surf School, said the camping ground was the only one in the world with yellow-eyed penguins as well as little blue penguins living nearby.

As part of the Local Government Act, council is required like all territorial authorities to review its bylaws by June 30.


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