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Domestic Animal Management Plan

Have your say on the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25

Have your say on the development of our Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25 (DAMP) during May and June.

Have your say by completing our online survey, linked below, or attend one of our in person drop-in sessions.

The survey closes on Sunday, 27 June 2021.

June pop-up sessions:

  • Wonthaggi Plaza ( 2 Biggs Drive) - Wednesday, 23 June from 1.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Woolworths Shopping Centre, Cowes (133 Thompson Avenue) - Thursday, 24 June from 1.00pm to 4.30pm

The objectives of our Domestic Animal Management Plan are:

  • To promote responsible pet ownership and protect the welfare of pets
  • To protect the community and environment from nuisance dogs and cats
  • To outline Council’s animal management services

The DAMP is aimed at promoting and encouraging responsible pet ownership. It establishes guidelines so that pets and our community can live together peacefully, in harmony, without adversely impacting the environment or amenity.

The DAMP includes programs for the training of authorised officers, to ensure they can properly administer The Act, sets out methods for evaluating our effective management of The Act, and outlines programs, services and strategies that we can use to achieve the DAMP’s objectives, ensuring a safe and harmonious community.

Under the Domestic Animal Management Act (1994), Council must develop and implement a DAMP every four years.

The current DAMP will soon expire and a subsequent Plan is due by October 2021. The DAMP 2021-25 will be developed for presentation to Council at the September 2021 Council Meeting.

Council’s DAMP must be developed through community consultation, and address those areas of greatest concern to the community.

For more information on the DAMP, please contact our Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email