More con­sul­ta­tion on cats

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

Rock­ing­ham City coun­cil­lors have voted to con­tinue con­sult­ing with the com­mu­nity on the issue of nui­sance cats be­fore lob­by­ing the State Gov­ern­ment to amend laws.

Af­ter com­mu­nity com­plaints about cats roam­ing neigh­bour­hoods, Cr Matt Whit­field put for­ward a mo­tion for the coun­cil to sup­port the need for nui­sance pro­vi­sions to be in­cluded in the State Cat Act to specif­i­cally ad­dress wan­der­ing or nui­sance cats.

In his re­port to coun­cil, Cr Whit­field wrote that many res­i­dents be­lieved cats should be treated the same way as dogs, and should be con­tained to the owner’s prop­erty.

“There are nu­mer­ous com­plaints around cats caus­ing a nui­sance in the com­mu­nity and cur­rently the City is pow­er­less to im­ple­ment any changes to our lo­cal laws to cover this, due to the fact these pro­vi­sions are not in­cluded at State level,” he said.

“If the State were to im­ple­ment new changes to the Cat Act then, at that point, the coun­cil could make a decision whether or not to in­clude those in the lo­cal laws.”

The Cat Act does not sup­port pro­vi­sions for wan­der­ing or nui­sance cats in­clud­ing cat con­tain­ment.

Dur­ing last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors de­bated whether to spend money to con­duct fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity, or to agree to “ad­vo­cate” for changes.

The decision was made to un­der­take fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion, which was passed unan­i­mously.

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