CAMPAIGN: Amanda Whinnett and Tegan Faithful with their pets. They are among a group of residents calling for cheaper pet registration.
CAMPAIGN: Amanda Whinnett and Tegan Faithful with their pets. They are among a group of residents calling for cheaper pet registration. Valerie Horton

Pet rego ‘too costly’

A GROUP of Maryborough pet owners are set to launch a second petition against the cost of pet registration on the Fraser Coast.

Eligible pensioners who pay pet registration renewals by today must pay $24 for a desexed cat and $29 for a desexed dog, which includes a $5 discount.

The discount was extended to all pet owners on an age or disability pension, people with a Queensland Seniors Card and carers, but petition organisers Amanda Whinnett and Bryen Faithful said the cost was still too high for pensioners.

Ms Whinnett said the group had launched a Facebook page, dubbed Fraser Coast Residents for Fair Pet Registration.

"We want people's input on what they feel is a reasonable price," she said.

Ms Whinnett said the group would then launch another petition in the next six weeks to give to the council for the next budget.

Their first petition called for the pensioner discounts and cheaper prices and attracted about 740 signatures.

Mr Faithful said they were relaunching the petition because they felt the Fraser Coast Council's response was not adequate.

Ms Whinnett said the group would also call for higher fees for people whose animals repeatedly escaped.

Councillor Robert Garland said the council was always interested in hearing the viewpoints of residents.

"If any group or resident would like to make a submission... they can bring it to me so I can take the information to council when it starts to formulate the next budget," he said.



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