We have received the following advices, via Beth Houlbrooke, Chair – Rodney Local Board, regarding the consultation process being undertaken by Auckland Council:
Also see the Key Messages from Auckland Council EM_Dogs_Key Messages- pdf.
As this is a really important bylaw and policy review that affects nearly all of us, I wanted to send a reminder that consultation is open until 10 May – that’s only two and a half weeks away now.
A couple of important points have been brought to my attention:
- That the wording on the consultation material may be giving false comfort to dog owners and therefore not eliciting a great deal of response. It says:
“What is not changing: This review of the current Policy and Bylaw is not intended to change local dog access rules (where dogs are allowed under control no leash, off leash or prohibited areas and designated dog exercise areas). Local dog access rules are determined by local boards.”
This statement may be unintentionally misleading for non-speakers of council speak. The draft Bylaw and Policy definitely does propose some significant changes to the days and hours of restriction to dogs on beaches. What it does not do is change the locations that dogs are currently permitted on- and off-leash. This is what is referred to as “access”.
- There has been an added alternative option that was not brought to local boards’ attention subsequent to the draft proposal being shown to us. This provides an opportunity for local boards to introduce variations to the regionally-preferred consistent time and season rule which could be the default unless local boards are given a mandate to exercise this option through the public consultation process. (For completeness I will say that the Rodney Local Board also had a preference for a consistent time and season rule as this is the cause of most confusion leading to complaints for us, and cost to creating almost bespoke signage in every location. However we were adamant that the public should have their say through the submission process.)
For the above reasons I encourage you to circulate this opportunity for members of the public to have their say, again.
From: Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board)
Sent: Monday, 1 April 2019 3:25 PM
Subject: FW: Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw consultation open
Dear community groups
Please see attached and below information pertaining to the Auckland Council’s Policy on Dogs, and Dog Management Bylaw. Consultation on this is open until 10 May. I encourage you to give feedback whether a dog owner or not.
Please also note the public information drop in event in Warkworth on 13 April from 1-3 pm at the Town Hall.
Beth Houlbrooke | Elected Member
Chair – Rodney Local Board
Ph 021 839 413
c/- Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Drive, Orewa
From: Alexandra Martin On Behalf Of Corporate Communications
Sent: Monday, 1 April 2019 12:11 PM
Subject: BRIEFING: Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw consultation open
Good morning Mayor, Councillors, Local Board Chairs and members,
Public consultation has opened today on changes to Auckland Council’s Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw. This consultation is seeking public feedback from today until 10 May.
We have prepared the attached document that outlines the proposed changes, and high-level key messages that may be useful to you.
The council recently completed a review of its policy on dogs and related bylaws so that improvements can be made to the way dogs are managed across the region.
No changes have or will be made until we hear from Aucklanders about what they think of the proposal. We’ll then look at all feedback we receive before an amended bylaw is expected to be in place later this year.
The main aim of the proposed changes is to better communicate existing rules to the public, see more consistency across the region, as well as improving dog management in Auckland.
Have your say
Aucklanders will be able to provide feedback either by completing the online survey – or attending on of the drop-in sessions across the region:
|6.00pm- 8.00pm||Orakei Community Centre – Main Hall
156 Kepa Road, Orakei
|1.00pm-3.00pm||Warkworth Town Hall
Corner of Neville and Alnwick Street, Warkworth
|2.00pm-4.00pm||Ostend War Memorial Hall,
76 Ostend Road, Waiheke Island
|16 April||6.00-8.00pm||Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Office
Level 1, 2 Glen Road, Browns Bay
|2 May||6.00pm- 8.00pm||Takapuna Library,
9 The Strand, Takapuna
|4 May||10am- noon||Sir Edmond Hillary Library
209 Great South Rd, Papakura
|4 May||1:30pm- 3:30pm||Onehunga Library
85 Church Street, Onehunga
|7 May||6.00pm-8.00pm||Kelston Community Centre – Main Hall
126 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale
We have published an OurAuckland story today. This has been sent to media outlets and will be shared across our social media pages.
We have also begun marketing activity including radio, digital and social advertisements encouraging people to have their say and find out more at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay
If you would like to share any of this content on your own social media or other communication channels, it would be much appreciated.
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