Hobsons Bay City Council hosted another highly successful Dog’s Breakfast event in Altona on Saturday 14th January 2017. Over 200 local residents and their four-legged friends enjoyed free micro-chipping, displays from Reptile Education Victoria, The Lost Dog’s Home and Pets Love Zone, as well as talks from local rangers and wildlife experts. This event was aimed at helping educate the local community of the importance of this area as an internationally important Ramsar wetland by encouraging responsible pet ownership.
PPWCMA’s Environmental Projects Coordinator Andrew Morrison said, “This event is a fantastic opportunity for local government, conservation groups and the community to come together and learn from one another. Through education and awareness, recreational users including walking your dog can exist alongside sensitive environments like Port Phillip Bay’s shoreline. If we obey signs and keep dogs on leads and away for our sensitive and shy shorebirds, then there are benefits for both the local environment and dog owners”.
Hobsons Bay City Council have received funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme to help protect the ecological values of the Port Phillip Bay (western shoreline) Ramsar site. This work forms part of an integrated catchment management project led by PPWCMA’s Ramsar Protection Program.