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Wildlife Protection Areas in the City of Ryde

Consultation closed on 18 June 2019

The City of Ryde is seeking your feedback on the proposal to declare Wildlife Protection Areas in three high conservation bushland corridors, including Field of Mars Reserve, Terrys Creek corridor and Kittys Creek corridor:

  • Field of Mars Reserve - Category 1 Wildlife Protection Area (will continue to prohibit both dogs and cats from entering the reserve)
  • Kittys Creek Corridor - Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area (allows dogs to be walked on leash but prohibits cats in the parks and reserves)
  • Terrys Creek Corridor - Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area (allows dogs to be walked on leash but prohibits cats in the parks and reserves)

What are Wildlife Protection Areas?

Wildlife Protection Areas are declared for the protection of our unique native animals and their habitats under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.

Wildlife Protection Areas can be declared as one of two categories:

  • Category 1 lands prohibit both cats and dogs (dog walking is not allowed, even on leash)
  • Category 2 lands prohibit cats but permits dogs on leash on formed tracks, pathways or roads.

The declaration of Wildlife Protection Areas is intended to promote responsible pet ownership with community education being the will be the main focus.

Why have these areas been selected?

Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek corridor have all been identified as a high conservation priority areas with links to Lane Cove National Park. Vulnerable native animals have been recorded in all the proposed areas in Councils recent Flora and Fauna studies and there has been  evidence of cats and dogs off leash.

The proposed areas have all been carefully selected, taking into consideration the adjoining land use and the recreational needs of the community.

Field of Mars Reserve

To better protect the wildlife in Field of Mars Reserve, Council is proposing to declare it as a Category 1 Wildlife Protection Area, prohibiting both dogs and cats from the reserve.

Under this proposal, there will be no change to the existing status of Field of Mars Reserve as a Wildlife Refuge that currently prohibits both dogs and cats. The proposal will provide additional protection and ensure a consistent approach to wildlife protection across the City of Ryde. 

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Kittys Creek Corridor

To better protect the native wildlife in Kittys Creek corridor and ensure a consistent approach to wildlife protection across the City of Ryde, Council is proposing to declare it a Category 2 Wildlife.  This will continue to allow dogs to be walked on leash, however prohibit cats in the parks and reserves. The extent of this corridor includes Portius Park, Pryor Park and Kittys Creek Reserve. 

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Terrys Creek Corridor

Council is proposing to declare Terrys Creek corridor a Category 2 Wildlife Protection AreaThis will continue to allow dogs to be walked on leash, however prohibit cats in the parks and reserves. The extent of this corridor includes Forrester Park, Forsyth Park, Pembroke Park, Lucknow Park and Somerset Park.

This proposal will provide consistency with the City of Parramatta's existing Wildlife Protection Areas on the western side of Terrys Creek.  

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Dog-off leash areas

We realise it’s really important to give dogs a chance to run around and socialise off lead. Council has 13 dedicated off leash areas which are great spots where you can do this. Click here for more information on the dog off-leash areas in the City of Ryde.

Latest Updates

Council Resolution - 27 August 2019

Published on 4 September 2019

At its meeting on Tuesday 27 August 2019, Council resolved:

(a) That Council endorses the declaration of a category 1 Wildlife Protection Area at Field of Mars Reserve, specifically that area depicted on map in Attachment 1 of this report.

(b) That Council endorses the declaration of a category 2 Wildlife Protection Area at Kittys Creek corridor and Terrys Creek corridor, specifically those areas depicted on map in Attachment 1.

(c) That any future proposals for new Wildlife Protection Areas be reviewed every year or in the event of any necessary and relevant legislative changes.

(d) That any future proposal to declare a new wildlife protection area in Ryde must meet the following minimum criteria for consideration;

- The area have significant priority for identified native fauna species and their habitat; and

- The area must be located within an identified wildlife corridor; and

- There must be evidence of regular occurrence of dogs off leash or cats in bushland; and

- There must be the ability to install signage at regular intervals on the boundary of the public land 

  • Click here to view a copy of the Minutes from Council Meeting

Have Your Say has closed

Published on 19 June 2019

Have Your Say on Wildlife Protection Areas in the City of Ryde has now closed.

Have Your Say is now open

Published on 21 May 2019

Have Your Say on the Wildlife Protection Areas in Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek is now open.

Have Your Say

You can Have Your Say on the Wildlife Protection Areas in Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek in several ways including online or at one of our community events.

Community Drop-in Sessions

You’re invited to meet with the project team to discuss the proposal to declare Wildlife Protection Areas in Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek.

When   Saturday 1 June 2019
Time     Anytime between 9:00am-11:00am
Where  Forrester Park, 47 Vimiera Road, Eastwood
or
When   Saturday 1 June 2019
Time     Anytime between 12:00noon-2:00pm
Where   Field of Mars Reserve Visitor Centre, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde
or
When   Wednesday 5 June 2019
Time     Anytime between 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where Portius Park, enter at the end of Fox Road, East Ryde

Online Submission Form

Use the online submission form below to provide feedback on the proposed Wildlife Areas in Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek. All submissions must be received by Tuesday 18 June 2019.

Click here to view form.

Timeline

Wildlife Protection Areas in City of Ryde Drop-in Sessions 1 June 2019 to 5 June 2019
Council Resolution
27 August 2019 to 27 August 2019

Complete the Online Submission Form

Last updated on 19 June 2019