Mayor Gerard O'Connell listens to protest organiser Amanda Whinnett about the cost of pet registration.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell listens to protest organiser Amanda Whinnett about the cost of pet registration. Hannah Busch

Peaceful pet registration fee protesters meet Mayor

UPDATE: Pet owners protesting about the high cost of registration have met with Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell outside council offices in Maryborough on Thursday morning.

About 25-30 people gathered for the peaceful protest as Cr O'Connell spoke with organisers about costs they believe are making it too hard for elderly people and pensioners to own pets.

"We live in a low socio-economic area, a lot of people are on low incomes," organiser Kathryn Kirk said.

"We are concerned the council is making it impossible for these people to own pets."

Mrs Kirk and fellow organiser Amanda Whinnett said hundreds of people had signed a petition to lower the cost of registration, which would be presented to the council on March 20.

Cr O'Connell told the protesters there were ratepayers who did not own pets who were subsidising the cost of animal management.

He said while he could not guarantee anything, the council would review the fees and charges as they did each year in the upcoming budget.

EARLIER: Maryborough residents will hold a peaceful protest outside Fraser Coast Council offices on Thursday morning against what they say is an unfair cost to register animals.

The protest will go ahead from 10am, with pet owners saying the Fraser Coast charges are too high compared to neighbouring regions.



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