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Have your say on Animal Management Plan

Friday 13 August 2021

Bass Coast Shire Council has developed a draft Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2021-2025 and is now seeking community feedback.

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, councils must develop and implement a new Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years.

The DAMP is aimed at promoting and encouraging responsible pet ownership. It explains how Council currently manages this, and establishes objectives to improve and grow the ways in which Council delivers domestic animal management programs.

Bass Coast Shire, CEO Ali Wastie said responsible pet ownership is the key focus point of this Plan.

“The way we responsibly manage our pets is unique in our Shire. In Bass Coast, we must balance the expectations of our community along with the protection of our natural environment and wildlife and the best interests of our pets,” Ms Wastie said.

“Importantly, this document sets out the different roles we all must play in achieving this balance,” Ms Wastie concluded.

The key themes and areas of community focus highlighted in the draft DAMP include:

  • Increased and improved communication, education and training for the community to promote responsible pet ownership;
  • Increased patrols to improve and increase opportunities for education, regulations 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.

To view the draft DAMP, go to

You can provide feedback in writing, by sending an email with ‘DAMP 2021-25 Submission’ in the subject line, to, by post to Coordinator Community Safety Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi 3996, or in person at any of Council’s customer service centres.

For more information, please contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email or via the National Relay Service (for people with speech or hearing difficulties) on 13 36 77.