Otway Coast Committee

Committed to Sustainable Management

17th Dec. 2013 - The Carnival is in Town, Fireworks, Hooded Plovers, Dogs on Beaches

The Carnival is in Town

The annual carnival is back in town and will be open for business from Boxing Day.


Carnival proprietor Jamie Pickett, as many in the community will know, is a great supporter of our community and for the last many years has sponsored the New Year's Eve Fireworks display.

This year is no exception and the fireworks will be on again.

Jamie has scheduled the main display at the family friendly time of 9:45 pm with a second display to bring in the New Year at midnight.

Pet owners please note these times and much sure your four legged friends are taken care of to avoid any problems.

Hooded Plovers

Local 'Hoodies' nest at this time of year near the mouths of the Wild Dog Creek & the Barham River generally in and around the fenced areas.

To help the Hoodies

The OCC have installed fencing and signage to alert beach users that vulnerable birds are nesting nearby.

Everyone is asked to follow the signage directions, ie

  • Don't enter fenced areas
  • Keep dogs on leads at all times
  • Walk at the water's edge
  • Do not stop when near fenced areas

Hoodies are easily disturbed when incubating eggs and will leave the nest when people, dogs and other threats come within 70-100m of the nest; and will stay off the nest until the threat is gone.  Eggs can easily fail when it is too hot or too cold.

Similarly chicks will hide and not eat for extended periods if people are within 100-150 metres; the result is they can easily starve to death.  Unlike many chicks they are not fed by their parents but must find their own food to enable their phenomenal growth during their path to fledging.

That is why to give Hoodies the best chance possible we ask people to keep clear and don't stop in the vicinity of nesting areas.

Dogs on Beaches

At our busy beaches signs are in place that restrict the access of dogs.  From 26th December to 30 April dogs are not allowed on signed beaches from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

The beaches are:

  • the Marengo end of Mounts Bay
  • Apollo Bay harbour to opposite Marriners Lookout Rd
  • Skenes Creek
  • Kennett River
  • Wye River & Separation Creek

In other places dogs are allowed but must be under their owner's control at all times; it is an offence for a dog to rush at a person as it is also for owners not to pick up dog excrement.

We ask all dog owners to respect the sign, local laws and state laws so that other beach and foreshore users do not have their visit marred.

Gary McPike: Executive Officer, 0419 301 311