FEE FRiENDLIER: Bay resident Val Fish introduces Councillor Robert Garland to her companion Chloe.
FEE FRiENDLIER: Bay resident Val Fish introduces Councillor Robert Garland to her companion Chloe. Contributed

Desexed cats cheaper to register after budget changes

DESEXED cats will be cheaper to register under changes introduced this year in the Fraser Coast Regional Council budget.

Councillor Robert Garland said cats were easier to manage.

"To reflect that council has to devote less time to cat management than dogs, we considered it appropriate that cat owners receive a discount in their annual registration fees," he said.

"Rather than increase registration fees, council in the budget reduced the annual registration for desexed cats to $49.

All cat owners can also receive a further $20 discount if they pay their annual registration renewal by the due date.

"In recognition of the importance of cats and dogs as companion animals for many elderly residents, council also introduced a further $5 discount for owners who hold a Queensland Seniors Card," Cr Garland said.

Hervey Bay cat owner Val Fish appreciated council's efforts to reduce fees.

"Every little bit helps," she said.

While dog registration has been compulsory for many years, compulsory cat registration was introduced by the State Government in 2010.

Other changes included compulsory microchipping of cats and dogs.

If you buy or are given a cat or a dog that is older than 12 weeks of age it must be microchipped and registered with the council.



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