The Queenstown Lakes District Council has stopped short of
including in its new draft dog bylaw a rule requiring owners
to have their dogs on a leash on sports grounds.
The issue was raised at Thursday's meeting of the council in
Wanaka by Cr Craig Ferguson, who said he had seen many dogs
roaming uncontrolled on council grounds.
General manager legal and regulatory Scott Carran said sports
grounds represented a large area of council land where dogs
Deputy mayor Lyal Cocks queried whether the council really
wanted to introduce a rule.
On a show of hands, the council elected not to change the
existing bylaw that bans dogs from certain areas, such as
schools, but allows dogs in other public places provided they
are ''under control''.
The draft bylaw, designed to encourage responsible dog
ownership, goes out for public consultation later this month.
A hearing is scheduled for July.
The proposed changes include a reduction in dog registration
In a staff report by Mr Scott and regulatory manager Lee
Webster, it was noted the existing fee structure did not
differentiate between ''non-compliant'' dog owners who made
high demands on council services and those who made little or
no demand, who were subsidising the non-compliant.
Adjusting fee structures recognised and rewarded responsible
dog owners and also penalised dog owners who made greater
demands on the service, they said.
The greatest proposed fee reduction would be for dog owners
who had a fenced area for their dog, had not had a ''negative
record'' with the council for the two years before
registration, owned a neutered dog and did not have a
dangerous or menacing dog.
Registration of a working dog, for example, could drop from
$35 to $30, and a de-sexed dog from $60 to $50.
However, even the owner of a dangerous or menacing dog could
have their fee payment reduced from $145 to $140.20 by
complying with the rules.