The City has a legislative requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (the Act) to prepare a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP).
As part of the review of the current plan and preparation of the new plan, a period of community consultation is planned to be undertaken to ensure the views of the community are reflected. The aim is that Council will have a comprehensive plan informed by community engagement that manages domestic animals across the municipality and promotes responsible pet ownership.
The Domestic Animal Management Plan is required by the Domestic Animals Act to consider the following:
- Whether the animal control services are adequate
- Outline programs for training of authorised officers so as to properly administer and enforce the Act
- Outline programs to:
- Minimise potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance
- Encourage registration and identification of dogs and cats
- Address any over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats
- Minimise risk of dog attacks
- Effectively identify and manage all dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs
- Promote and encourage responsible pet ownership
- Ensure the community understand the obligations of responsible pet ownership
- Review existing orders and Local Laws
- Provide platform for review of any other matters related to the management of dogs and cats
- Periodic evaluation of the DAMP