- Tuesday 17 June 2014
Residents have less than a week to have their say on council's proposal to continue cat registration.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council recognised cat registration played an important role in responsible cat ownership on the Sunshine Coast.
“In September 2013, the Queensland Government removed cat registration as a mandatory requirement and referred the power to local government via local laws,” Cr McKay said.
“To allow time to consider the benefits or otherwise of cat registration, became a “declared council”, permitting the continued use of the existing cat registration provisions within the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 for 12 months.
“During this period council was required to either amend the local laws to include cat registration or elect not to continue with cat registration.
“Following an extensive review of a number of key factors including current cat registrations, impound statistics, impacts of cats - areas of concerns, benefits of registration and risks of discontinuing registration, council last month supported the proposal to amend the local law to require owners to register cats.
“Council is committed to encouraging and promoting responsible pet ownership on the Sunshine Coast and registration of cats and dogs is a critical component of this.
Residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed changes until 5pm on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Further information and feedback forms areavailable on council’s website and at council’s Nambour, Caloundra and Maroochydore customer service centres.