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Have your say on changes to cat law

Published on Friday 4 September, 2020

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Community members are invited to comment on a proposal to ban cats from environmentally sensitive areas in the City of Gosnells.

To help protect local fauna and control feral cat numbers, the City of Gosnells Cat Amendment Local Law 2020 proposes penalties for pet owners whose cats are found in these prohibited areas.

City of Gosnells Mayor David Goode said the plan included a significant community education campaign to encourage cat owners to register and microchip their cats.

“This change is about ensuring responsible pet ownership and providing greater protection for the City’s natural areas,” he said.

“If left unmanaged, feral cats can quickly decimate local wildlife populations.”

Registration and microchipping will also provide owners with a better chance of being reunited with their cats if they’re caught in a banned area.

Under the proposal, prohibited areas include parks along the Canning and Southern Rivers in Beckenham, Kenwick, Langford, Thornlie, Maddington, Huntingdale and Gosnells, as well as the Brixton Street Wetlands in Kenwick and Mary Carroll Park in Gosnells.

Mayor Goode encouraged interested community members to provide feedback during the six-week public consultation period, which closes at 4pm on Thursday 22 October.

Details about the Cat Amendment Local Law 2020, including a submission form and detailed map of the prohibited areas is available on the City’s website at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au. Alternatively, please call 9397 3000 for more information.