Flora and Fauna

Georges River Council has historic record of several threatened species of flora and fauna living in our area, including the Swift Parrot, Grey-Headed Flying Fox and Powerful Owl.

To know what flora and fauna live in our area, Council undertakes Biodiversity Studies of key reserves and bushland areas, which help to identify areas supporting biodiversity of high conservation significance. This information can indicate areas we need to prioritise, potential risks and threats these areas face and the effectiveness of our current management practices.

This information can also assist in the development of planning and management for threatened species identified under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

As biodiversity studies are completed, this information to Council's website.
To help enhance biodiversity in your local area, you can view or download our
Backyard Biodiversity Guide.

Domestic animals


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.

This will serve as a further disincentive to owning these dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.

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.


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


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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