Bags for parks plan

Geordie O'Neill, Leon Villemin and Emma Caple are upset with the amount of dog poo on the school oval. Picture: Emma Reevesd416953
Geordie O'Neill, Leon Villemin and Emma Caple are upset with the amount of dog poo on the school oval. Picture: Emma Reevesd416953

Mayor Tracey Roberts presented a motion at the March 4 meeting recommending the City install dispensers at all active open spaces, which could cost $220,800.

Councillors unanimously agreed to consider it in the 2014-15 budget.

The City already provides bags at its dog beaches in Quinns Rocks, Yanchep and Two Rocks, but Mrs Roberts said they increasingly received requests and concerns from residents about dog excrement at parks.

‘There are a number of people in our community who don’t pick up after their dogs who cite the fact that there are no dog poo bags,’ she said.

Councillor Domenic Zappa said the City was doing a trial in the south ward at Broadview Park in Landsdale, John Maloney Park in Marangaroo and Shevlock Park in Koondoola.

‘This trial is progressing quite well in problem areas (with) a change in attitudes and behaviour of owners (but) there are still some brown spot areas,’ he said.

Cr Zappa said Madeley Primary School had written to him about dog litter on the school oval. A large sign made by students encourages owners to pick up after their dogs.

Principal Danielle Stitfold said it was an ongoing issue on the shared grounds, but they did not want to discourage people using them.

‘We want people to be using the ovals because there isn’t a lot of park space for people to run around,’ she said.

‘But it creates issues for us with our kids out there doing physical education and trying not to step on dog poo.’

The mayor’s motion said it would be a significant undertaking to provide dispensers and bags at 230 active parks.