Dogs and the Environment
Owning a dog can have positive physical, psychological health benefits. Dogs can also help build social networks within the community. However, dogs can have a negative effect on our environment if a responsible person does not control them.
Uncollected Dog Poo
If every dog in the Marrickville area were to be taken for a walk each day, and the owners left behind just one dog poo, it would mean that several tonnes of dog faeces would end up in our waterways each year.
Faeces can contaminate waterways by getting washed off grass and pavements and moving untreated into the Cooks River, Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Faeces in creeks and rivers lead to an increased level of nutrients which provides a more favourable environment for algal blooms, and is also a great home for bacteria which can cause diarrhoea and health related problems.
Council provides special dog tidy bins in parks where dogs are known to frequently exercise. Council also provides dog tidy bags which are attached to these bins.
If a bin is not available, dog owners should use another rubbish receptacle when disposing their dogs' poo and remember to carry their own bags.
Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, the owner or person in charge of a dog that defecates in a public place must immediately remove the dog's faeces and properly dispose of them. This offence carries a maximum fine of $880
Native animals and their habitat
The original native plant and animal communities within the Marrickville LGA have been extensively modified as a result on human development, and this has impacted on native animals and their habitat. Although the area around Marrickville is urban, it still contains over 80 species of native animals (birds, reptiles, frogs, mammals and fish) including an endangered population of Long-nosed Bandicoots. Marrickville Council is working to protect and enhance our native biodiversity as much as possible by restoring habitats, particularly in local parks and reserves.
Secure your dog on your property and do not allow your dog to roam
Be a responsible dog owner and take care of our environment.