Residents unleash at forum
MOSMAN Park dog owners want an off-lead recreation area for their pets before Christmas after about 120 attended a public forum about dog control last Tuesday.
Mayor Brett Pollock agreed there should be more off-lead areas in the Town.
“We’ll look at specific areas for it, but all the issues mentioned tonight have been good and we’ll make it happen,” Mr Brett Pollock said.
The forum was to tackle the ire of dog owners raised after fines were issued by a ranger in riverside parks in August and September.
“I’ve got to say that if that ranger comes up and pokes a camera in my face, it’ll end up where the sun don’t shine,” resident John Doonan said.
There are about 1800 registered dog owners in Mosman Park and those at the forum said signs differed about when and where to put a dog on a lead near Tom Perrot Reserve, Point Roe and Minim Cove. They said paths crossing adjacent open areas beside the Swan River were an additional problem.
Chief executive Mark Goodlet said the signs would be corrected, that the 180sq m of open space for each dog in the town was the largest compared to adjacent councils, and fines such as $200 for failure to control the animal should be compared to penalties up to $329 in NSW.
Mr Goodlet said the council would suspend issuing fines while it sorted out the issues raised at the forum and the council could make a submission about the fines it is authorised to administer to a State Government review of the Dog Act in 2019.
Other issues raised included the lack of an off-leash area in North ward when ovals were used for sport, dog walkers not picking up excrement, speeding cyclists endangering dogs, and violent dogs allegedly from outside the suburb being walked on Mosman Beach.
“There’s not enough continuous off-leash areas and there’s got to be somewhere where you can take them for a continuous walk,” resident Agata Zabolotny said.
However, dog owners were also criticised. “The people who are constantly on their mobile phones, they’re the biggest culprits for not picking up their dogs’ poo,” resident Chris Barker said.
The council will collate the ideas and submissions from the forum before making any changes.