- Director of Community Services, Gary Moore, Marrickville Council
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A notice has recently been placed in Johnson Park, Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill, notifying dog owners that the park is an on-leash area and that penalties may apply if dogs were off-leash.
We would like to ask the Council if they would consider declaring the area of Johnson Park that is not within 10m of the playing apparatus, an off-leash area from 5.30am to 7am each day.
The law allows for such an accommodation to be made: see s13(6) of the Companion Animals Act 1998 (NSW):
"(6) A local authority can by order declare a public place to be an off-leash area. Such a declaration can be limited so as to apply during a particular period or periods of the day or to different periods of different days. [...]"
At this time of the day there are never any children using the park, and indeed the primary users are dog owners walking their dogs. For the Council to approve the area (other than that within 10m of the playing apparatus) as an off-leash area for this limited period in the early morning would result in an enhanced opportunity for responsible dog owning members of the community to use the park, whilst not causing any detriment to families with young children.
We, the undersigned, request that Marrickville Council declare Johnson Park, Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill, to be an off-leash area between 5.30am and 7am each day (other than the area within 10m of the playing apparatus).
The Off-leash time for Johnson Park Dulwich Hill petition to Director of Community Services, Gary Moore, Marrickville Council was written by Sarah McNaughton and is in the category Neighborhood Living at GoPetition.