Fraser Coast pays top dollar to register pets

PET owners are being asked to pay premium charges to keep their beloved companions.

The $105 fee payable to maintain a whole dog or cat in the Fraser Coast is more than many other local government areas.

From a list of five Queensland councils, it was found whole cat owners in the Fraser Coast faced the second highest charge.

While people who registered whole dogs were slapped with the third largest fee.

The region also rated poorly in the desexed pet category, with locals asked to pay one of the highest charges.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he believed pet registration fees were comparable to other local government areas.

"I do think they are fair," Cr O'Connell said.

"In terms of compliance for animals and animal care, it's one of the fairly significant costs of council...really, I see pet registration as an investment in the welfare of your pets."

Cr O'Connell said the fees had been reviewed previously.

He said they would be assessed when budget discussions commence later this year and claimed the council was working within its means. He said a pensioner discount would also be discussed.

Comparisons:

Whole Dog

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $99.50 / pensioner $49.60
  • Bundaberg: $85 / pensioner $40
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Whole cat

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $45.40 / pensioner $22.80
  • Bundaberg: $64 / pensioner $30
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Desexed dog

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51  / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $42.20 / pensioner $15.90
  • Bundaberg: $27  / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

Desexed cat

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $22.80 / pensioner $11.30
  • Bundaberg: $21 / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered


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