Funding in the 2019/20 budget will see Council move a step closer to implementing the recommendations contained in the Dog on and Off Leash and Cat Curfew Review, which was endorsed at the Ordinary Council Meeting in March 2019.
These recommendations will:
- require dogs to be under effective control in public places
- require dogs to be leashed in all public places except in designated off leash areas
- prohibit dogs and cats from some public places for environmental reasons
- introduce a sunset to sunrise cat curfew.
Over the next six months, some further work is required to finalise some of the off-leash areas and cat prohibited areas. A community education campaign will be developed and signage will be installed.
Also, funding for an additional Local Laws Officer (Ranger) will help ensure that officers are able to get out and about in the community to help to educate residents about the new controls.
The new dog control orders will become effective from 1 January 2020 and the new cat controls after 1 July 2020.