Fw: Dogs and Dickson wetlands

To: "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: Fw: Dogs and Dickson wetlands
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Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:09:06 +1000
For info – this is the response I received when I emailed about dogs and wetlands. It seems positive to me.
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:20 AM
Subject: RE: Dogs and Dickson wetlands

Dear Wendy


Thanks for your feedback regarding the review of dog exercise areas. The local knowledge you and others have is essential to fully appreciating all the issues involved.


Wetland areas in Canberra have historically been dog prohibited areas for ecological reasons. The more recent wetland additions in Mitchell, Gungahlin, Dickson and Lyneham have been built on open space areas that may have previously been off-leash areas. In the new maps it is proposed that the water surface at the new wetlands be reclassified as dog prohibited in keeping with other wetland areas while the surrounds are classified as on-leash.


Ultimately the ACT Government wants to achieve a suitable balance between protecting the natural environment, maintaining community enjoyment of recreational spaces and providing sufficient space for dogs to be exercised off-leash.


Your feedback has been forwarded to the project team for consideration.





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Sent: Wednesday, 30 July 2014 8:04 PM
To: communityengagement
Subject: Dogs and Dickson wetlands




I am concerned about the use of areas such as the Dickson wetlands for off-leash dog exercise.  The wetlands should be places that are safe for the birdlife that is attracted to the wetlands – as well as for people, especially families, who want to enjoy the wetlands without having dogs racing around them. I visit the wetlands and I take older people there to enjoy the quiet beauty that has been created by establishing the wetlands and I want to know that we can all enjoy them safely.


Wendy Whitham

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