Plan revealed to repeal dog ban FRANKSTON Council is one step closer to repealing its controversial ban on dogs in the city centre. As the rules stand, dogs are prohibited in the central activity area of Frankston. Under the new proposal, on-lead registered dogs would be allowed in the area bounded by Davey Street, Kananook Creek, and Fletcher Road. Council is also considering confining cats to their homes 24/7, and designating a section of the foreshore as a free roam area for dogs. Earlier this year, council sought feedback on the current local laws. The mayor Kris Bolam said that the 750 responses received showed that changes should be proposed. “We understand that our residents love their pets and these are significant changes, so we want to make sure everyone has had the chance to have their say,” he said. “Council recognises the important part animals play in our lives, and is open to increasing dogs’ access to our city and beach should the community tell us that’s what they want. “Frankston is unique in that many residential properties are adjacent or in close proximity to our natural reserves. Cats are wonderful pets, but they are also more predatory by nature. With more than 5000 cats registered in Frankston City, it poses a real and legitimate threat to our native wildlife. Council orders are in place to guide and support owners’ management of their pets so they can live in harmony with neighbours, our wider community, local wildlife and the environment.” Council is further consulting the community on the proposed changes at engage.frankston.vic. gov.au. Submissions are open until 17 August.
A TRIBUTE to Cameron Smith. The memorial has gone missing. Picture: Gary Sissons
Memorial missing A BANNER commemorating a man killed in Seaford last year has gone missing. Cameron Smith died aged 26 in November last year. He was stabbed to death. After his tragic death, a memorial banner was installed on Station Street. It went missing between Friday 23 July and 24 July. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny issued a plea for information on Facebook last week. “I am so saddened to report that the temporary memorial banner for Cameron Smith was removed from its site in Station Street Seaford without the family’s permission,” she said. “Cam’s family is heartbroken. They just want it back. “If you know anything, or saw anything at all, please contact me or Frankston Police. Or just return the banner. As you can imagine it holds significant sentimental value for Cam’s family. Work will soon take place on a permanent memorial for Cam - a place to sit and to reflect on a young life cut short and the preciousness of life.”
DOGS would be allowed in the Frankston city centre if a new proposal goes ahead. Picture: Supplied
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3 August 2021
Frankston Times 3 August 2021