Breeders' permits for cats, dogs among proposed changes

ENSURING cats are desexed when they are sold or given away is one change proposed to the Fraser Coast Regional Council's local laws.

"The Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws will go out for public comment later this month and October," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

The local laws and subordinate laws local laws set out how the council will deal with everyday issues such as animal management, reserves, facilities, roads and parking.

"Four public meetings will be held across the region to outline the changes and residents will have six weeks to lodge submissions," he said.

Some of the proposed changes include making it a legal requirement that all new cats registered with council are desexed.

"Breeders' permits, for cats and dogs, are also up for discussion," councillor for health, education and training Robert Garland said.

"These changes are gathering support from the community which wants to cut the number of animals becoming feral and being euthanized."

Other changes include the introduction of shopping trolley controls, requirements for people to remove graffiti from buildings and structures; no smoking within 4m of a bus stop or taxi rank and requirements for businesses to ensure their buildings are clean and tidy.

"No changes are proposed for bathing reserves and keeping poultry or caged birds which drew the most submissions when the local laws and subordinated local laws were introduced in 2011," Cr O'Connell said.

"The changes are proposed in response to ever changing demands from ratepayers, national trends and a desire to enhance the area's look and feel."

Copies of the local laws and subordinate local laws will be available from the council's libraries, Maryborough and Hervey Bay customer service centres or can be downloaded from the council's webpage from September 30.

Submissions will be accepted until November 11 and can be lodged online or mailed to the council and addressed to the Local Laws Review 2013.

Public meetings will be held from 6pm to 8pm on:

  • October 23 at Hervey Bay Community Centre
  • October 24 at Maryborough City Hall
  • October 30 at Burrum District Community Centre at Howard
  • October 31 at Tiaro Library and Community Centre

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