Damage by dogs at Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary leads to new signage on pathways


Cr Dan Bull with resident Tanya Krishnan and daughter Gianna (2) and Mischa the dog. Residents are concerned about dogs running off lead from Riverside Gardens into the protected Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary Picture: Andrew Ritchie d470415
Cr Dan Bull with resident Tanya Krishnan and daughter Gianna (2) and Mischa the dog. Residents are concerned about dogs running off lead from Riverside Gardens into the protected Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary Picture: Andrew Ritchie d470415

CONCERNS over dogs damaging the protected Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary has led to stencils being sprayed on surrounding pathways.

City of Bayswater officers sprayed the reminder signs after residents reported dogs off the lead at the restored sanctuary, which could cause damage to the wildlife including oblong turtles that live at the site.

The sanctuary had a $3 million restoration in 2015, which has increased the diversity of wildlife and improved the water quality of the Swan and Canning River systems.

The dogs often came across from the adjacent dog exercise area at Riverside Gardens.

Councillor Dan Bull brought the idea to City of Bayswater officers, after many discussions with concerned residents and users of the park.

“It is hoped new stencilled signage will serve as a gentle reminder to pet owners to keep their dogs on a leash to prevent flora and fauna from being disturbed,” he said.

“The Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful natural asset and we need to ensure we protect it for future generations.

“I’m also conscious that people are concerned about having too many signs around the place, so trying to find a balance between making sure we educate people about the importance of keeping their dogs on the leads around ecologically sensitive areas.”

Cr Bull said he saw a pathway stencils used well in Perth as a way to remind cyclists to look out for pedestrians.

Maylands resident Tanya Krishnan said she regularly took daughter Gianna and dog Mischa to Riverside Gardens.

She said she had seen dogs not on leads attack other dogs.

City Rangers patrol the City’s reserves and wetlands and issue on-the-spot $200 fines of $200 repeat offenders.

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