Investigation into cat registration on the Coast continues
  • Thursday 17 October 2013

Sunshine Coast Council today endorsed the continuation of cat registration for another 12 months to allow sufficient time to review the implications of continuing or not continuing with cat registration on the Sunshine Coast.

This resolution followed the Queensland Government passing the Agricultural and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 on 23 September that repealed state-wide mandatory cat registration identified in the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.  The state has however retained the mandatory micro-chipping requirements for both cats and dogs.

In repealing the mandatory registration requirement for cats, the state government referred the power to register cats to local governments to manage through the local laws.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said this was not a decision council could rush into without giving due consideration to the impact of continuing or not continuing cat registration in the community.

“Sunshine Coast Council’s decision today to be a ‘declared council’ will allow us to continue to use the existing cat registration provisions within the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 for the next 12 months,” she said.

“Through being a ‘declared council’, the extra time will grant us the opportunity to conduct a full investigation into the implications of continuing or not continuing cat registration, including undertaking extensive community consultation, before deciding which direction to go.

“We can then either amend our local laws to include cat registration or elect not to continue with cat registration.

“In the meantime, cat registration is still mandatory throughout the Sunshine Coast Council region.”

For further information about cat registration, visit council’s website.