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Proposed Cat Management Strategy and By-Law

1 April 2014

Wattle Range Council is seeking public comment on a proposal to introduce a bylaw to limit cat numbers.

Mayor Peter Gandolfi said residents have an opportunity to make comment on a proposed Cat Management Strategy and By-Law which will restrict the number of cats allowed at a premises.

Mr Gandolfi said that the majority of cat owners act responsibly and provide hygienic living conditions for their cats as well as managing their animals to avoid undue environmental nuisance.

“Unfortunately from time to time Council receives complaints regarding cat management issues and on investigation, many of these complaints stem from excess animal numbers, poor management practices or unhygienic living conditions,” he said.

The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 provides a legislative path for Councils control of dogs and cats. The objectives of the Act are to:

  • Encourage responsible cat ownership
  • Reduce public and environmental nuisance caused by cats, and
  • To promote the effective management of cats

“Council recognises that companion animals are part of the community and contribute to the quality of life for many people,” Mr Gandolfi said. “However, Council must ensure that while the needs of animals and their owners are accommodated a balance must be reached in meeting the expectations of the broader community.”

Further information and Councils Animal Management Plan and draft Cat By-Law can be found on Councils Website: http://www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=584

Written submissions should be addressed to the CEO and posted to the following address before the close on business on Wednesday 30th April 2014: 

  • PO Box 27, Millicent SA 5280 or left at:
  • the 'Civic Centre', George Street, Millicent
  • Beachport Visitor Information Centre - Millicent Road, Beachport
  • Penola Visitor Information Centre - 27 Arthur Street, Penola


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