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Biodiversity

 

Frogs Under Threat

There are currently reports of native frogs turning up dead throughout eastern Australia. Georges River Council is calling on our community to help find out why. 

If you find a dead or injured frog, please report it through FrogID, or email the details to calls@frogid.net.au

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The #AussieBirdCount is happening 18-24 October this year.
You can get involved by visiting the AussieBirdCount website, registering and reporting your bird count! 
Georges River data will be reported in a future community e-news article!


Biodiversity is the variety of life. Protecting biodiversity is important for the survival of our planet.
 

Biodiversity in Georges River

Council completed and adopted the 2021 Biodiversity Study at its meeting on 28 June 2021.

The Study is split into two volumes and will inform the future Georges River Biodiversity Strategy and updates to local planning instruments. 

Volume 1 is more generic and Volume 2 is site-specific. Both volumes of the Study can be found using the below links.

 

Assisting Biodiversity

To help enhance biodiversity in your local area, you can view or download our Backyard Biodiversity Guide.

Our native fauna is threatened by habitat loss, feral animal incursions and illegal collection for trade.

To help offset these threats, there are some simple things you can do to protect our fauna such as:

  • Leave existing rocks from bushland in your garden as habitat for reptiles and insects.
  • Keep cats and dogs inside or restrained when in areas where reptiles might be, including gardens.
  • Create a lizard-friendly garden with rocks, logs and plant cover.
  • Leave twigs, leaves and branches in your garden, if you can, as cover for native fauna.
  • Avoid using pesticides and herbicides so there is plenty of insect food for lizards.
  • Map sightings of feral animals in your area on FeralScan.
  • If you get a visit from a snake, don’t provoke it, most snakes are shy and will move on.
  • Help gather data for TurtleSAT and learn more about our freshwater turtles.
  • Take part in the Dragons of Sydney citizen science program and collect data on water dragons to help improve their habitat.

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Domestic animals

Dogs

Dogs as pets bring many comforts as well as many responsibilities. The majority of dog owners in our local government area are responsible owners up to date with the legal requirements under the Companion Animals Act 1998

The NSW Government has introduced annual permits for owners of non-de-sexed cats and dangerous and restricted dogs to allow pet owners more time to prepare for the change.
From 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

If you are a new dog owner, you need to ensure you keep your dog well fed, exercised, vaccinated and clean so as not to spread health risks such as lice to other animals or people.

Dogs in public must always be restrained on a leash except when in a designated off-leash area. Current off-leash areas are signposted in the following reserves:

  • Arrowsmith Park, Penshurst
  • Carss Bush Park, Carss Park
  • Gannons Park, Peakhurst
  • H.V. Evatt Park, Lugarno (restrictions apply)
  • Hogben Park, Kogarah
  • Kogarah Park, Kogarah
  • Moore Park, Beverley Park
  • Moore Reserve, Oatley
  • Riverwood Park, Riverwood.
View a complete list of Council's park and recreation facilities here.


Cats

Domestic cats are terrific companions. While there are many responsible cat owners in our area, some cats are permitted to roam freely into our local bushland, other people’s yards or public land. These animals can devastate our native wildlife and even get themselves injured or killed by crossing roads. If you own a cat, Council supports keeping it indoors or preventing it from leaving its yard as this will help keep it safe and avoid further damage to our native animals.

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not de-sexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to the one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to de-sex cats, improve health and wellbeing of pets, lower demand on pounds, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats

Council is currently exploring the creation of several Wildlife Protection Areas to better protect native animals and restrict cat movement.


Rabbits

Cute and fluffy, rabbits can make for great pets. But these sociable pocket pets need just as much attention and care as large companion animals.

Rabbits need to be de-sexed just like many other domestic animals to prevent excess litters being born and invading natural areas. Rabbits are also companion animals, so it is best to have two females, or a male and female de-sexed pair. The RSPCA website has useful information for domestic rabbit owners.


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