Requirements to register cats will remain in the Gladstone council area.
Requirements to register cats will remain in the Gladstone council area. Julia Pivovarova

Council votes to keep cat registration in Gladstone area

CATS will still need to be registered in Gladstone after Gladstone Regional Council voted to keep its cat registration requirements.

The State Government recently changed its cat registration laws, leaving it up to local councils to decide whether to keep the registration, in an attempt to reduce red tape.

The decision means cat registration renewals, which were originally delayed until the matter could be discussed at the council's general meeting, will now be issued to owners before the end of October and discounted fees will apply until November 30.

Council will introduce its own local law to cover cat registration issues.

Environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said the fact it would remain the council's responsibility to provide cat complaint and impoundment services, even if the act of registration was repealed, meant retaining cat registration requirements was appropriate.

"Council's local law enforcement officers are already busy responding to cat complaints and this workload, and its associated cost to ratepayers, will only increase as the Gladstone region population continues to increase," Cr Chapman said.

"Council is also spending more than $1 million to provide improved facilities for the impoundment of animals, including cats, at the Gladstone Pound at Callemondah, and registration fees assist in offsetting these costs."

Cr Chapman said cat registration also provided a financial incentive for responsible pet ownership, encouraging the de-sexing of domestic cats.

"A substantial reduction in the registration fee is applied to de-sexed cats, reducing the breeding population within the Gladstone region," he said.

Cat control fast facts:

In the 2012-2013 registration period:

  • 2271 cats were registered, which equates to 19% of animal registrations
  • 324 cats were impounded, of which 247 died by euthanasia at a cost to council. A large proportion of these were feral and not suitable for rehoming
  • 188 cats were collected from residences by local laws enforcement officers
  • 223 customer requests for cat traps to catch roaming cats were received
  • 778 customer service requests related to animal control were received, including 42 specifically identified as cat related.

Do you think cats should have to be registered?

This poll ended on 15 November 2013.

Current Results

Yes. It encourages responsible pet ownership

47%

No. It's just revenue raising

50%

I don't have an opinion either way

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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