By JONATHON HOWARD
NOOSA has once again come out ahead of the pack after Sunshine Coast Council passed legislation allowing dogs inside businesses recently.
Sunshine Coast Council is now seeking feedback from the community over a proposed change to the local law to match the Queensland Government’s Food Act 2006.
Changes to the food law would allow dogs in designated outdoor dining areas – where permitted by the business owner.
But Noosa has long been a community that embraces dogs in outdoor areas, as well as retail stores.
Shades Cafe at Noosa Junction is one of many local businesses that invites pooches and their owners to their outdoor areas.
Shades owner, Nick Spencer, said customers loved the fact they could bring their dogs, grab a coffee and read the paper.
“Noosa residents love their pets and we couldn’t exclude them from our outdoor areas,” he said.
Soul Sanctuary owner at Perigian Beach, Nicki Jutbauge, brings her pet toy poddle to work every day.
“Our customers love seeing Fred (one-year-old toy poodle) and they like the fact they can bring their dogs inside as well,” she said.
“I think it’s great that dogs are allowed into businesses, it’s something Noosa residents enjoy.”