Provide feedback on the Old New Brighton Road Wildlife Protection Area

On display until 26 April 2023, 05:00 PM

We'd like your feedback on the proposal to include Old New Brighton Road, Ocean Shores as a Wildlife Protection Area.

During the consultation on the Dogs in Public Spaces Strategy we received submissions that identified Old New Brighton Road, Ocean Shores as a proposed Wildlife Protection Area. Dogs are prohibited in Wildlife Protection Areas both on and off a lead.

We can declare a location as a Wildlife Protection Area following an exhibition process to enable community feedback.

Make a submission

Use the online form to make a submission.

Submissions close 5pm on Wednesday 26 April 2023.

Where is the proposed Wildlife Protection Area?

The area known as Old New Brighton Road, Ocean Shores, is a small section of Billinudgel Nature Reserve between Kolora Way and Brunswick Valley Way in North Ocean Shores.

The former road is managed by Council as a shared cycle and pedestrian path. 

The area is surrounded on both sides by Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve.

View the map of Old New Brighton Road, Ocean Shores(PDF, 374KB)

Why include this area?

Two thirds of the section of Old New Brighton Road and the surrounding National Parks and Wildlife Service estate was mapped by Council as Primary koala habitat. 

The remainder is Secondary koala habitat as shown in the Byron Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management 2016.

Koalas in this area are part of the ‘Endangered Koala Population between the Tweed and Brunswick Rivers east of the Pacific Highway’. 

Koalas are listed as Endangered at State and National levels.

Many other native animals including swamp wallabies, bandicoots and ground-feeding rainforest pigeons also use this area.

Dogs are prohibited in Wildlife Protection Areas both on and off a lead.

What do the changes mean?

Currently dogs must be leashed in this area.

People have historically let their dogs off-lead in this sensitive area, and they leave the path and roam into the surrounding National Park areas. 

Even when dog walkers do keep their dogs leashed, the scent and sounds of dogs will affect feeding and breeding behaviours of wildlife in this area, including key species such as koalas.