Anger over dog rego

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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