The beach at Yarralumla Bay (the long one with the swimming enclosures and pontoons) is favourite for my dog and I, as well as many other pet owners, families, and tourists. I hadn’t been there for a few weeks, however yesterday was shown this sign by a contracting type fella cleaning up the beach, who told me it was only put up that morning (19/12/16). He was amicable and was as confused about the signage as I was. Several other people with their dogs came down that day, all parking at the opposite end and were probably unaware of the signage.
This is a great multi-use spot, as its never busy during the week, and is relatively isolated from traffic. My dog and I go down several times a week usually, and I have never noticed any negative impacts from the presence of dogs (i.e. excessive dog poo, nor dogs misbehaving around frightened strangers). In my experience, most people who bother to drive their dogs down there are also responsible owners. The only thing I could think of was perhaps there was some one-off incident (someone got bowled over or bitten), or there were several complaints over a long period from people who were getting splashed by happy dogs.
Anyone know why the government banned dogs from here, and whether it is permanent or not (the signs don’t seem that permanent)?