Monday, 11 March 2019
Walking your dog today? Then don’t forget to take some plastic bags to pick up your dog’s waste or you could face fines of up to $400.
Under Council’s Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014, dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs in public open spaces can be fined $200.
Even heading out without a plastic bag or similar container to pick up your dog’s waste can attract a $200 on-the-spot fine.
To ensure you do your bit to keep our parks, sporting reserves and walking tracks clean and dog-poo free, always carry your own supply of plastic bags. Once tied securely, simply drop the bagged dog waste into a rubbish bin.
With 35,000 dogs registered across the municipality, it’s essential that dog owners also correctly dispose of bagged dog waste.
According to Council’s Public Place Environment and Waste Services Officer, Craig Belshaw, bagged dog waste is emerging as a serious litter issue alongside popular walking tracks, sporting reserves and parks throughout the municipality.
“Carrying a plastic bag and disposing of dog waste responsibly in a rubbish bin keeps our shared public spaces clean for the whole community to use,” he said.