Pet owners warned of oil contamination in dog park dam

Dog owners are being urged to steer clear of Maryborough’s public dog park dam due to engine oil contamination.

The park, located off Carrick Street, has what appears to be an oil film over its surface but Central

Goldfields Shire acting general manager infrastructure assets and planning Glenn Deaker said the oil does not appear to have been deliberately dumped.

“Council has been notified of what is believed to be engine oil present in stormwater drainage at the park,” he said.

“There is no evidence of oil being directly deposited into the storm water.

“It is understood that what appears to be an oil film, is associated with road stormwater run-off.

“This is where, following a dry period, an intense or short period of rainfall occurs and creates a concentrated run-off effect of road sediment into the storm water network.”

Mr Deaker advised residents to avoid the dam until the oil has dispersed and to not allow dogs to drink or swim in the water.

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