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Published on 11 December 2020
Response to the ABC.
Comments attributed to Mayor Erin Thompson
It was great to hear Minister Speirs confirm there should be state wide laws and commit to a review of the Dog and Cat Management Act.
While it is possible for councils to implement bylaws on this issue, the issue is how to enforce them.
The Dog and Cat Management Act makes limited provisions for cats.
We need unified action and the technical expertise of the Dog and Cat Management Board which is resourced by Councils.
We contributed over $320,000 to the Dog and Cat Management Board last financial year (one-quarter of every dollar we collect from registration income) and given that 68 councils contribute to this fund, we believe this should be responded to centrally with a state-wide approach to cat management.
The Minister says this shouldn’t stop councils making by-laws, however the by-law making process takes at least 12 months (two years for City of Marion before it was disallowed), will cost between $18-28K and would in all likelihood become obsolete once the Act is amended.
The Act is due for review and the State should lead any amendments to the Act in relation to cats.
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