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Let’s talk cats and dogs

Dog and cat playing on grass.

Following extensive community consultation last year, Mount Alexander Shire Council has developed a new Domestic Animal Management Plan and is now seeking feedback from the community.

Friday 16 April 2021

Following extensive community consultation last year, Mount Alexander Shire Council has developed a new Domestic Animal Management Plan and is now seeking feedback from the community.

Council received more than 450 responses from residents regarding pet ownership in the shire, which has been incorporated into the draft plan and draft Order of Council.

Together the documents will provide a clear framework for the control of dogs and cats in public places within the shire.

Residents are encouraged to read the draft plan and draft Order of Council and complete a short online survey at shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/animal-management.

The proposed changes include:

• applying different controls in urban and non-urban areas of the municipality
• establishing different control requirements at different times of day
• banning dogs from the playing surfaces of certain sporting grounds
• implementing a 24-hour cat curfew.

“Good law is best created with community involvement” said Jeffry Amy, Coordinator Community Safety and Amenity, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Let us know what you think about what’s being proposed, and help us ensure that people and pets can continue to live in harmony together in our pet-loving community,” said Mr Amy.

Hardcopy surveys are available can be requested by calling 5471 1700 or j.amy@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Surveys close at 5.00pm on Friday 14 May.

Following a review of community feedback, Council staff will present the final documents to Councillors at a public meeting later in the year.

If adopted by Council, staff will undertake a shire-wide education program to ensure residents and visitors are familiar with the new Domestic Animal Management Plan and Order of Council.

For more information, or to complete the survey visit shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/animal-management or contact Jeffry Amy, Coordinator Community Safety and Amenity, on 5471 1700 or j.amy@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.



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