Victorian Councils are required by legislation to prepare and implement a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) every four years. Whitehorse City Council’s DAMP 2017-2020 (1.07MB) was adopted by Council in October 2017.The plan highlights a strategic framework that aims to assist in educating our community on responsible pet ownership issues, promote the benefits of pet ownership, ensure appropriate levels of community compliance are in place and raises the profile and importance of effective domestic animal management. The plan addresses matters including:
Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires councils to periodically evaluate any program, service strategy or review outlined in the DAMP. The Act also requires annual reviews and an evaluation of its implementation, published in Council’s annual report.
Council ran a survey during June to gain community feedback on what they feel is the most important animal management issues within Whitehorse. The aim is for Council to take this information and focus on and review one animal management matter per year including:
You can view the analysis of the survey (716.06kB) which found a key area for focus is dog off lead spaces.
This is a contentious and divisive subject matter with strong competing wants from walkers, dog owners, runners, cyclists and sporting clubs.
If you require further information please contact Danielle Pepyat, Compliance Department on 03 9262 6333 or email: Danielle.Pepyat@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.
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Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, and provided feedback and ideas on the very topic of Domestic Animal Management, in particular on cats and dogs.
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