Council seeks feedback on Domestic Animal Management Plan

 07 July 2017

Dogs in the park

Investigating the feasibility of a dedicated fenced off-leash area for dogs, an education program to deter nuisance cats, and helping Monash’s community better understand pet registration and microchipping are all actions proposed in the draft Domestic Animal Management (DAM) Plan 2017-2021.

The DAM Plan will provide Council with a strategic framework for animal management in Monash. The plan was drafted following community consultation in March 2017. Council is now seeking the community’s feedback on the proposals in the draft plan.

Monash Mayor Rebecca Paterson said the community consultation on the plan showed overwhelming support for responsible pet ownership including pet registrations.

"There was very strong support for pets to be registered with more than 83% of the 875 respondents saying people who fail to register their pets should be fined," Cr Paterson said.

"Residents also reported that many of them had been affected by nuisance cats (31%) and had concerns about the destructive effect of cats on wildlife."

"Council is proposing a program of educating people about the damage roaming cats can cause to wildlife and encouraging them to make sure their cat doesn’t roam at night."

You can have your say on the Domestic Animal Management Plan by:

Feedback closes on Thursday 17 August 2017.

Media Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email

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