Off-leash dog hours are set to be extended in several parks this week, with Marrickville Council voting on three Notices of Motion on Tuesday which would change official “off-leash” hours.

A Green’s Notice of Motion would see Camperdown Memorial Park – the most used park in the Local Government area – become off leash 24 hours a day during weekdays, with extended hours on the weekend during daylight savings.

Greens Councillor for North Ward, Sylvie Ellsmore, said “Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. It’s even higher in the inner west.

“Camperdown Memorial Park is well known as the most successful off-leash dog park in the Marrickville area.

“It is a testament to the active social dog-walking community that uses the park how well loved and cared for Camperdown Memorial Park is, with dog owners working cooperatively to ensure that new dogs to the park are socialised and well behaved,” said Clr Ellsmore.

The Greens Notice of Motion also asks for better signage to ensure that those parts of the park near the children’s play area, which are on-leash, are more clearly identified.

Clr Ellsmore said, “Council has received petitions from dozens of residents who want their dogs to be able to play off-leash in the park for longer hours without the risk of a fine. In the lead-up to our Council meetings emails are coming in faster than we can respond to them.

“We love our dogs and our parks, and I am extremely happy to be supporting residents by putting forward this Notice of Motion,” she said

Later this year Council will also consider changes extending or changing dog off leash areas in other parks in the Local Government Area. Council has recently completed a public consultation on a draft ‘Recreation Policy and Strategy’ which includes recommendations to establish new or upgraded Dog Off Leash Areas at Henson, Enmore and McNeilly Parks, and potentially at Johnson, Mahoney, Marrickville, Petersham and Simpson Park. The results of this consultation will come in a report to Council at a future meeting for consideration and decision.

Media contact:            Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213,

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