THE Fraser Coast now boasts a number of pet-friendly cafes and coffee shops following changes to State Government legislation.
The amendments allow residents to take their pets along to a number of different businesses with outdoor dining areas including TOAST Espresso Bar in Maryborough.
Owner Rebecca Perronnet said allowing pets in the outdoor dining area only added to the family-friendly atmosphere of her café.
"Obviously there are guidelines that people need to follow to ensure we still maintain our strict hygiene levels but it creates a nice environment with people having their pooches around," she said.
"We offer free pupaccinos to our furry friends as a bit of a novelty.
"It also increases our customer base because people that have always wanted to bring their dog along, now have the opportunity to do so.
"A number of other businesses in Maryborough including Pop-In Tea right next door are following suit and I think it's great."
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The council distributed a flyer detailing the rights and responsibilities of the businesses affected by the changes in legislation before Christmas.
"We have also published a fact sheet on our website which details all the relevant information," Councillor for community health, education and training Robert Garland said.
"A lot of businesses are very excited about it and these fact sheets answer any questions they may have about allowing dogs into their outdoor dining areas."
More information can be found at www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/dogs-in-food-premises.
Councillor for Division Two Phil Truscott encouraged pet-friendly businesses to display a poster in their front window or noticeboard.
"The posters will make it easy for customers to identify which businesses are pet friendly," he said.
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