Indigo Council is intervening in "confrontations" between dog walkers and the Beechworth Golf Club.
Feedback will be sought on creating an alternative, but fenced, off-leash area at Wallace Park, acknowledging "the risks and challenges" of the current area in the Baarmutha Park precinct.
The golf club has reported to council "incidents including verbal confrontations" and walkers' disregard of signage.
Councillor Larry Goldsworthy said the off-leash area had been plagued with problems but he was also concerned about costs of a fenced area.
"Ever since the off-leash area was declared out at Barmuutha Park there have been conflicts," he said.
"We need to look at alternatives; there are considerable legal liabilities, potentially if somebody is hit by a golf ball.
"If it was just a fenced area (at Wallace Park), I'd like to think it it would be delivered for a lot less than $114,000.
"I'm sure we'll be getting significant feedback."
Cr Gaffney said Indigo Council was the only council in Victoria and potentially Australia that had a off-leash dog area at a golf course.
"It's not only (the risk of) somebody being hit by a golf ball, it's also someone bitten by a dog, and the abuse from from one side to the other can't continue," he said.
"I know other councillors have got concerns about the cost of a fence ... but it can't continue the way it is."
Dog walkers want to stay at Baarmutha Park, and while council identified Mayday Hills alongside Wallace Park as an option, chief executive Trevor Ierino said it had similar issues with the mixing of sport and dogs and "doggy-doo on the ground while they're playing their sport".
A concept plan will be open for feedback for 60 days.
Mayor Jenny O'Connor said council's next meeting would hopefully see a return for the public, and revealed plans to set up a reference group for general council issues.
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That was after Cr Roberta Horne raised in general business "processes for communicating to communities and media" and situations where councillors are able to speak to the media, or when the mayor speaks on behalf of council.
Mr Ierino said there was a community engagement policy with councillor contacts also available online, and Cr O'Connor said it was part of the Local Government Act that the mayor could speak on behalf of council.
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