Community barking mad over dog market ban
SUNSHINE Coast Council has set itself up for another fight with dog owners - this time cracking down on pooches at a popular market after 23 years.
The council has given Yandina Markets' management two weeks to become "animal free".
The compliance order was handed down after "a couple" of complaints to the council over dog poo littering the soccer grounds.
Division 10 councillor Greg Rogerson said a council officer-led investigation into the complaints exposed that the original market permit did not allow for animals at the grounds.
"That permit is up for review at the end of July," he said.
"I am hopeful that will present an opportunity to change the permit conditions with the Yandina Soccer Club."
Cr Rogerson said he had been contacted by several concerned patrons and stallholders hoping he could help return dogs to the rural market.
What happened to democracy? Going ... going ... gone? - Trish Espin.
"I understand that people love taking their dogs to the markets while shopping for local fruit and vegetables," he said.
"There are people who do the right thing; they put their dogs on leads and pick up their droppings.
"Those that don't should just be fined."
More than 110 people have expressed concerns on the Yandina Markets Facebook page.
Eumundi woman Trish Espin is using the page to call for a petition.
"As a regular shopper I love seeing all the different happy hounds," she said.
"We even get to pat some of them.
"I will still be supporting the stallholders but we, as a community, need to fight this stupid decision.
"What happened to democracy? Going ... going ... gone?"
A long-term stallholder who asked not to be named said he feared the compliance order would reduce profits.
"People love bringing their dogs to socialise and walk. I am concerned they might go elsewhere," he said.
"But I would ask the public to keep supporting us.
"It is important to support local suppliers - for some of them the market is 100% of their income."
The stallholder said about 95% of pet owners did the right thing by putting their dogs on a leash and picking up poo.
"The worst thing I have seen is a dog urinating on a tent pole," he said.
"And there is not much ready-made food to be concerned about (hygiene)."