Companion Animal Management Plan 2018 be presented to Council for adoption

At Tuesday's Council meeting the councillors will be sought to adopt the draft Companion Animal Management Plan 2018 following consideration received during the public exhibition period. The draft Plan has been on public exhibition and submissions have been considered in finalising the draft Plan. The report before Council on Tuesday details the proposed amendments in the final draft Companion Animal Management Plan following extensive community consultation. It will be recommended that: 1. The draft Companion Animal Management Plan 2018 be adopted. 2. A budget of $20,000 be allocated for signage 3. A recurrent budget of $50,000 be allocated for improving responsible pet ownership. 4. Council write to the members of the community who made a submission thanking them for their involvement and advising of the outcome of the process. The report to the councillor states that there were varied and often opposing views, both for and against dogs in public spaces, highlighting the need for a balanced and considered approach to managing competing usage and the limited number of suitable areas in Eurobodalla Shire. The report goes on to say it is important to provide areas for pet owners to readily exercise their companion animals taking into consideration legislative requirements, public safety and environmental constraints. There was significant community interest in the dog exercise areas and where dog owners can take their pets. Items such as dog poo bag dispensers, dogs on sporting fields, signage, compliance and improving responsible pet ownership have also been highlighted. The submissions relating to the amended draft Companion Animal Management Plan 2018 and associated dog exercise areas have been considered along with the broad community consultation that has occurred during this review. The report says that the draft Plan has considered community views and aims at achieving a balanced outcome with regards to community amenity, animal welfare and environmental management. You can read the full report to Council HERE To read the Companion Animal Management Plan 2018 put up to be adopted click HERE

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Images below from Companion Animal Management Plan 2018 put up to be adopted click HERE

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