Should dogs be allowed off the leash on our beaches? Do wandering cats have you fretting for our wildlife? What new measures would allow for the better management of our pets? On these topics and more, Mornington Peninsula Shire would like to hear your thoughts.
Like Frankston City Council, the shire is developing a new domestic animal management plan – a legislated document all Victorian councils are required to produce every four years – and it wants your feedback regardless of whether you own a pet. Community consultation closes on May 23, after which a draft plan will be developed and presented to the community in August for input.
In a statement, the shire said it recognised the value of pet ownership, its overall benefit for our health and well-being, the importance of welfare for pets, and the protection of the community and the environment from nuisance dogs and cats. Mayor Despi O’Connor added: “The draft plan aims to balance the needs of pet owners and non-pet owners in our community, as well as raise awareness about responsible pet ownership and pet well-being. Your thoughts on this draft plan can help shape what pet ownership looks like on the Peninsula for the next four years.”
As well as providing your feedback online, you can email the shire at mornpen.vic.gov.au/damp, pick up a survey form at a shire customer support centre, or write to Domestic Animal Management Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud 3939.