Greater Shepparton City Council adopted the Domestic Animal Management Plan – 2021 at the May Ordinary Council Meeting.
Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires every Victorian municipality to prepare a domestic animal management plan in four-year intervals.
The plan guides the activities and priorities for Council’s animal control and animal shelter services and is a key document in ensuring the prioritisation of the welfare of the municipality’s domestic animals.
The plan also ensures that pet ownership behaviours allow the community to live in harmony with domestic pets.
Council Mayor Cr Kim O’Keeffe said the Domestic Animal Management Plan – 2021 included key information from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).
“In 2014, Council received advice and feedback from DEPI that the 2013-2017 plan needed information on when activities will occur during the four year plan, as well as evaluation measures for each activity,” Cr O’Keeffe said.
“To meet the requirements, we developed an action plan off a base template recommended by the Bureau of Animal Welfare and continued to update it into the present year.
“We are now using the same methodology for delivering the actions of the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan – 2021.”
The Domestic Animal Management Plan – 2021 can be viewed here.