Dogs not welcome in reserve
THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is reminding visitors to Cudgen Nature Reserve between the villages of Cabarita Beach and Casuarina on the Tweed Coast, that dogs are not permitted within National Parks or Nature Reserves. NPWS Tweed Area Manager, Nigel Greenup, said that people who brought dogs into the nature reserve were damaging its environmental values, including threatened species. "Cudgen Nature Reserve is part of the largest remaining remnant of native vegetation on the Tweed Coast," Mr Greenup said. "Threatened species found in the nature reserve include osprey, whiteeared monarchs, glossy black cockatoos, long-nosed potoroos and wallum froglets. The reserve is also an important koala habitat. "We have an increasing issue with dogs both on and off-lead on the beach section of Cudgen Nature Reserve, which extends down to the low water mark. "Nature reserves like Cudgen are set aside for the protection of wildlife. The scent of dogs is enough to scare wildlife away and disturb their breeding and feeding patterns." Mr Greenup said unrestrained dogs may also attack wildlife and be a nuisance to other visitors to the reserve. "While most dog owners are very responsible, some people don't realise the impact domestic animals can have on our native wildlife," Mr Greenup said. "For that reason, all dogs are prohibited from nature reserves and National Parks in NSW." People bringing dogs into the nature reserve may be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $300 and unaccompanied dogs can be impounded. Dogs are not permitted, even in vehicles or on a leash, within the reserve. "Visitors to Cudgen can help by keeping their dogs at home and reporting any people seen with dogs or unaccompanied dogs to the Tweed Area NPWS office on 02 66708600," he said.