20 Oct 2020

Stink over Brisbane's dog poo bag stock stuck on Sydney dock

Thousands of biodegradable bags for dog faeces are stuck at a Sydney dock, held up from distribution across Brisbane's dog parks because of industrial action.

Earlier this week Brisbane City Council posted signs at its off-leash dog parks noting that as a result of the action in Sydney, the council's supply of dog poo bags had run out.

Brisbane City Council's city standards, community health and safety committee chairwoman Kim Marx told ABC Radio on Tuesday the council paid out $500,000 annually for dog poo bags, which the council provided free to residents.

"They're still sitting on a pallet down there in Sydney wharf, so we're just waiting for that to be finalised," Cr Marx told Brisbane Times on Thursday afternoon.

"I did hear on the grapevine that talks are progressing, apparently, so hopefully that's the case.

"As soon as they arrive in Brisbane, they'll be out to all the dog off-leash areas."

The council goes through about 60,000 bags weekly across its more than 150 dog parks, with some owners taking extra from dog parks for free and contributing to the high demand.

Cr Marx said many councillors had free bags available at ward offices for dog owners, and noted that bags purchased cheaply elsewhere were not always biodegradable.

Labor opposition councillors criticised the wording on signs posted at the dog parks, saying the posters that attributed the shortage to "an ongoing Port Botany wharf industrial dispute" were an attack on unions, and questioned why the council did not use a local supplier.

Wharf dispute action has been ongoing between the Maritime Union of Australia and Patrick Terminals in Sydney, with a peace deal offered last week.

Dog owners caught without two dog poo bags could risk a $63 fine, or $252 for not cleaning up after their pets.

Across the past financial year, the council issued one fine and two warnings to dog owners caught without bags.

SOURCE: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/stink-over-brisbane-s-dog-poo-bag-stock-stuck-on-sydney-dock-20201008-p563a5.html

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