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Council adopts Pet Plan

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Bass Coast Shire Council has adopted its Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2021-25 at the October Council Meeting.

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, Council must develop and implement a new DAMP every four years.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said that the main aim of the DAMP is to promote and encourage responsible pet ownership.

“It looks at how Council currently manages this and establishes objectives to improve and grow the ways we deliver domestic animal management programs over the next four years,” Cr Tessari said.

“These objectives and guidelines will help Council to create a place where pets and the community can live together in harmony, without negatively impacting the environment or amenity.”

The development of the DAMP 2021-25 was supported by an extensive community consultation program from March to September this year, to ensure the Plan addresses the key priorities of the Bass Coast Community.

“We received feedback through survey responses, written submissions, stakeholder workshops, community pop-ups and much more,” Cr Tessari said.

“We would like to thank all of our valued community, including advocate groups and key organisations who have contributed to the new DAMP.

“The key themes that emerged from this consultation were consistent what we have seen in previous years.”

The key areas of community focus highlighted in the DAMP 2021-25 are:

  • Increased and improved communication, education and training for the community to promote responsible pet ownership;
  • Increased patrols and enforcement;
  • Signage improvements relating to dog areas and regulations;
  • Improvements and a more consistent approach to dog off leash areas;
  • Introduction of 24/7 cat containment; and
  • Council taking a more active and leadership approach, including seeking external funding opportunities and establishing and facilitating working groups.

For more information, or to vie the DAMP 2021-25, please visit or contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email