Animals and Pets

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    Council is required to act upon all complaints received for barking dogs. The owner will be advised that a complaint has been received and of their responsibilities in relation to this issue. The identity of the complainant will remain confidential in any correspondence from Council.

    If you are aware that your dog's barking may be causing a nuisance in your neighbourhood, you must take steps to minimise the imapct others. If you have received notification that your dog's barking is an issue find out what your responsibilities are here. 


  • Council has provided a number of off leash areas where dogs can exercise freely, play with their owners and socialise with other dogs. 

    While in an off leash area it is the owner's responsibility to ensure the dog is under effective control at all times. It is important that you monitor your dog’s behaviour and ensure it does not cause a nuisance or become aggressive to other people or dogs.  

    • All beaches before 8am and after 4pm daily unless otherwise signposted. At all other times your dog must be on a leash. 
    • Farnborough Beach, Yeppoon from Bangalee boat ramp south to Barwells Creek with access via Hinz Avenue excluding weekends and public holidays.  
    • Fisherman's Beach, Emu Park from the beach access 150 metres north of Bell Park to Tanby Point with access via Hill Street excluding weekends and public holidays. 
  • The new dog breeder legislation commenced on Friday 26 May 2017 and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has developed fact sheets to assist members of the public understand their responsibility in regards to breeding.

  • Magpies are territorial and protective of their young during the breeding season, but it’s usually only a few that will swoop and only for a few weeks each year.

    Responsibility for managing or removing magpies rests with the State Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Costs can apply and removal will only be undertaken in extenuating situations that meet certain criteria.

    For further background information and safety tips, please go to the Department of Environment and Science website or contact Council on 4913 5000.