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Cameras conduct headcount at popular dog beach

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You might notice a few temporary cameras and counters in place as you stroll around Point Cartwright over the warmer months.

Sunshine Coast Council is looking into how the area is being patronised, by counting prams, scooters, dogs, walkers, skateboarders, surfers and other users.

Councillor Joe Natoli says it’s no surprise the location, with its stunning views and open spaces, is increasing in popularity.

“Council wants to know how much we love the area and what types of visitors are attracted to the space to ensure we have good, accurate data to feed into future planning activities,” Cr Natoli says.

The study will help develop a masterplan for the area.

Council is reassuring park-goers, no individual information will be collected.

“We want to make sure we have the best available information on the reserve so it can be managed in a safe way that meets our community’s expectations," Cr Natoli says.

He says community members will also have the opportunity to provide input into the future of the reserve through the master planning process.

“We’re at a very early pre-planning phase where we want to gain a more detailed and factual understanding about how the area is being used.

“We expect to finalise a master plan next year which will provide a long-term vision for the site and identify how it should function into the future.”

 Aerial view of Point Cartwright and Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


Responsible pet ownership

Council also wants to ensure people understand their responsibilities when visiting the area.

Cr Natoli says responsible pet ownership has been an ongoing concern raised by the community, with many dog owners failing to pick up after their pets or keep their pooches under control in off-leash areas.

“We know people love to bring their dogs to Point Cartwright and council is committed to raising awareness of pet owner responsibilities so we can be considerate to residents in the local area and visitors to the area.”

He says signs at the reserve outline off-leash times and permitted locations.