Anger over dog rego
PET lover Anthony Roxburgh was shocked and angered when his dog registrations jumped from $7 to $114 each and Cairns Regional Council explained it had made a mistake - for the last nine years.
Mr Roxburgh, who owns and manages Mai Tai resort in Cassowary with André de Walsche, noticed council had changed the registration type from rural to residential when he received his registration renewals for their dogs Eros and Tara.
“We’ve always been rural for nine years and now we just got the dog rego and it said residential - we are out in the middle of cane fields with no services and my neighbour still has rural,” he said.
“I tried ringing up council’s Mossman office and they said it was a council ruling and had made a mistake and Cairns didn’t want to talk and apparently I’m not the only one, I think they’ve got it completely wrong.
“It’s not just the increase, this
Eros and Tara ponder their future could jeopardise my whole rules and you have to pay it,” existence up here, running he said. under rural guidelines, our Cairns Regional Council licence is under rural.” acting CEO Peter Tabulo said
Mr Roxburgh said he is also rural dog registration fee relates concerned about the change specifically to working dogs on to residential because of the productive farming properties. restrictions that come with it, “Any property that is rated as especially considering he has residential - regardless of a rural just committed to a third purezoning in the planning scheme bred, which is being flown from - is also residential in terms of Melbourne. animal registration,” he said.
“I am dumbfounded nobody “In the process of amalgamacan give me any legitimate tion, some anomalies have answers, they said that’s our been encountered and, as such, Mr Roxburgh has in fact been under-charged for his dog registrations in previous years.
“He has been charged the registration amount for a working dog, rather than a family pet.”
Mr Tabulo said the $114 fee can be lowered to $36 if Mr Roxburgh provides council with evidence his dogs have been desexed.
“We will be looking into any further anomalies and if anyone does have queries, they can call Council on 4044 3044,” he said.
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