ACT Legislative Assembly

Closed e-Petition

Subject:Inclusion of off-leash dog area on regular mowing schedule and addition of a few bins in the area
Eligibility:Residents of ACT
Sponsor:Ms Rebecca Vassarotti MLA
Principal Petitioner:Vicki Cronan
 Canberra ACT
 Canberra ACT
No. of Signatures:219
Posting Date:01/03/2022
Closing Date:28/08/2022
Referred to Minister:No
Responded To:No

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TO: The Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly
The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

The off-leash dog area between Sterling Ave and Antill St, Watson has over the last few years become a hazardous place to walk dogs. It is currently mowed as required, however, it was not mown between early November and February and became extremely overgrown. It is increasingly a snake and fire hazard, as well as dangerous for dogs due to the number of grass seeds injuring our beloved pooches. This has been an ongoing issue for some time and it seems each time they mow, less and less is done. The last time it was mowed, only about 40% of the area was done and dogs are still having grass seed injuries. It is a beautiful area that benefits many in the Watson community and should be maintained to good standard. Additionally, there are no bins at any of the entrances to the area and because of this some inconsiderate users leave their doggie doo bags on the ground, which is a health and environmental hazard.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the Government to:

Please place the area between the end of Sterling Ave and Antill St, Watson on the regular ACT Gov mowing schedule and direct the contractor to comprehensively mow the area and whipper snip the overgrown shrubbery zones. Also, please place bins in the area for people to place their dog doo bags and other loose rubbish.