The beach is no place for pets, but the beach is a place for children, according to Queensland beaches watchdog the Beach Patrol.
Queensland’s beach watchdog said the beach patrol has received complaints about pet-friendly beaches and is currently working to develop guidelines for what should be considered pet friendly beaches.
The beach patrol was formed in the early 1970s and is responsible for monitoring beaches and ensuring there is a safe and safe environment for people and animals.
A beach is defined as a stretch of sand or water where sand meets sand, or a place where a person walks on sand.
In Queensland, beaches are defined as areas where people can go for walks, swim or take a dip.
As a rule of thumb, if you have a dog on a beach, it’s pet-free.
But the Beach Protection Advisory Group says there is room for improvement, with the Beach Protectors of Queensland calling for a wider range of beach-friendly guidelines and practices, including rules around beach grooming and bathing.
“We have a lot of beach safety rules that don’t seem to apply to pet owners and we think that’s the biggest issue that we’re facing as a group,” Beach Protection Group chair, Sharon Smith, said.
Smith said the group was looking for advice from beach owners and residents to come up with guidelines for beaches that were more appropriate for pets.
While many Queensland beaches are designated pet-safe, the Beach Police have also said they’re not.
When it comes to grooming, Smith said most beachgoers had a good understanding of how to properly groom their pets.
“Most people will say, ‘Oh my god, I’m really looking forward to having my pet and having a nice clean beach day, and then I see a beach that’s dog-friendly, and I just go, ‘OK’,” she said.
“There are things that you can do that make a difference.”
Smith said many Queenslanders had come to expect a good beach, but it was a matter of how well they could achieve that.
She said there was an “overwhelming” number of pet-loving Queenslanders.
“I think we’re seeing a lot more people come to the beach to have a good time, and they are not just coming for the beach, they are coming for what’s called ‘the beach’,” she explained.
“It’s just really important that we do the right thing when it comes up to that, because it’s such a unique experience for people.”
Smith urged Queenslanders to keep their eyes open for beach safety issues, particularly in their own backyard, especially during high tides.
If you are planning a beach trip, Smith advised you should always have a plan in place, including a dog safety plan.
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