Rivervale Primary School bans dog walkers from oval after student accidentally sits in dog poo

The principal of a southern suburbs primary school has been forced to close his school’s oval to the public after one of his students accidentally sat in dog poo.

Rivervale Primary School principal Mark Burns took to local Facebook page Belmont Community Vibes on Monday to reveal his decision.

“Hello, I am sorry to announce that the Rivervale Primary School oval is closed to dog walkers until further notice,” Mr Burns wrote.

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“We had several students step in dog poo today and one student sat in it and had to go home as he was in such a mess.

Rivervale Primary School principal Mark Burns.
Camera IconRivervale Primary School principal Mark Burns. Credit: Rivervale Primary School

“I know that the regulars have been trying so hard to do the right thing but unfortunately it is not working. I am happy to chat with anyone who has a solution.

“As mentioned previously we love the community feel of having the oval used but can not continue like this for the welfare and safety of our students.”

Mr Burns told PerthNow the reaction to his post had been overwhelming and “99.9 per cent positive”.

He said it was sad he had to take the action because the school was a big part of the community and the oval had a “great feel”, with “hundreds of people” enjoying it.

The school had tried to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dogs.

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The school had tried to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dogs.

Residents on Facebook said a few had spoilt it for all.

“It’s always the actions of a few that screw it up for the rest,” Zeke Ferret said.

“Agree, children’s health & safety must come first,” Noams Holmes said.

“Very disappointing Mark but completely agree with your decision,” Jay Lee said. “This is our daily spot and enjoyed by many in the community.

“Once again the minority ruin it for the majority.”

“Good. I would go nuts if dogs were allowed on my kids school grounds,” Smith Hji said.

“Does anyone know any alternative enclosed dog parks?” Dusty Lock.

The principal of a southern suburbs primary school has been forced to close his school’s oval to people with dogs after one of his students accidentally sat in dog poo.
Camera IconThe principal of a southern suburbs primary school has been forced to close his school’s oval to people with dogs after one of his students accidentally sat in dog poo. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Perth Now

“Also would love to know where all the regular group will be moving to so my dogs can still see their friends each day.”

“Awwhh. That sucks. Always a few that spoil it,” Aly Winter said.

“That must have been a difficult decision to make but what an inconvenience for the poor parents that had to come and get their child.”

“Bayswater has a designated dog area, is there one in Belmont?” Matt White said.

“Yes, need an easy to get to fenced area for dogs,” Sylvia Forsyth said. “Yards are shrinking in new house builds and dog owners (are) looking for a place for the dogs to stretch their legs and socialise.”

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