Domestic Animal Management Plan Update

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Sunshine Coast Council is preparing to update the Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Plan for the next 10 years, and is seeking feedback from the community - both pet owners and non-pet owners.

Council recognises that for many people, pets are more than just a pet - they offer companionship and are part of the family. Some people don't like animals and prefer to enjoy places that are pet free. Others may not have a pet of their own but still enjoy being around pets in shared open spaces such as dog parks and dog off-leash areas.

Purpose

The Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Plan provides the framework in the delivery of animal management services and initiatives over the next 10 years.

Council has developed three themes to guide the new plan, with a goal of creating harmonious co-existence between people, pets and places.

  • Educated Informed People
  • Happy Healthy Pets
  • Safe and Inclusive Places

The purpose of the plan is to:

  • empower responsible pet ownership through education
  • provide service excellence in animal management
  • ensure places and spaces are safe, sustainable, accessible and environmentally friendly
  • build capacity for council and the community to work together
  • guide and strengthen partnerships with 4PAWS, SCARS and the RSPCA
  • cultivate creative and innovative approaches and technologies that support harmonious co-existence between people, pets and places.

The plan is guided by the Queensland Government Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and the Sunshine Coast Council Local Law and Subordinate Local Law No. 2.

Community engagement

PHASE 1 - Preliminary consultation (July-August 2020)

A wide range of community and key stakeholders were engaged to inform the development of the draft Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Plan and provide feedback in relation to 'responsible pet ownership' over the next 10 years. The feedback is valuable in helping to shape the plan to achieve the goal of creating harmonious co-existence between people, pets and places.

Survey closed 4pm Monday, 31 August 2020.

PHASE 2 - Review of draft plan (February-April 2021)

Feedback from the community consultation will be a evaluated and reviewed to inform development of the draft plan. The draft plan will be presented to council prior to releasing for further community and stakeholder engagement.

The community will have the opportunity to review the draft plan and provide feedback to inform the Action Plan.

Final plan adoption (May 2021)

The plan will be finalised using the developed Action Plan and presented to council for adoption.

Where to from here

Council will review community feedback to inform the development of the draft plan.

Community engagement will be conducted on the draft plan prior to endorsement by council on the final plan.

Sunshine Coast Council is preparing to update the Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Plan for the next 10 years, and is seeking feedback from the community - both pet owners and non-pet owners.

Council recognises that for many people, pets are more than just a pet - they offer companionship and are part of the family. Some people don't like animals and prefer to enjoy places that are pet free. Others may not have a pet of their own but still enjoy being around pets in shared open spaces such as dog parks and dog off-leash areas.

Purpose

The Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Plan provides the framework in the delivery of animal management services and initiatives over the next 10 years.

Council has developed three themes to guide the new plan, with a goal of creating harmonious co-existence between people, pets and places.

  • Educated Informed People
  • Happy Healthy Pets
  • Safe and Inclusive Places

The purpose of the plan is to:

  • empower responsible pet ownership through education
  • provide service excellence in animal management
  • ensure places and spaces are safe, sustainable, accessible and environmentally friendly
  • build capacity for council and the community to work together
  • guide and strengthen partnerships with 4PAWS, SCARS and the RSPCA
  • cultivate creative and innovative approaches and technologies that support harmonious co-existence between people, pets and places.

The plan is guided by the Queensland Government Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and the Sunshine Coast Council Local Law and Subordinate Local Law No. 2.

Community engagement

PHASE 1 - Preliminary consultation (July-August 2020)

A wide range of community and key stakeholders were engaged to inform the development of the draft Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Plan and provide feedback in relation to 'responsible pet ownership' over the next 10 years. The feedback is valuable in helping to shape the plan to achieve the goal of creating harmonious co-existence between people, pets and places.

Survey closed 4pm Monday, 31 August 2020.

PHASE 2 - Review of draft plan (February-April 2021)

Feedback from the community consultation will be a evaluated and reviewed to inform development of the draft plan. The draft plan will be presented to council prior to releasing for further community and stakeholder engagement.

The community will have the opportunity to review the draft plan and provide feedback to inform the Action Plan.

Final plan adoption (May 2021)

The plan will be finalised using the developed Action Plan and presented to council for adoption.

Where to from here

Council will review community feedback to inform the development of the draft plan.

Community engagement will be conducted on the draft plan prior to endorsement by council on the final plan.