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MEDIA RELEASE - Animal Management Plan out for public comment

27 July 2017

Glenelg Shire Council is seeking community input on its Proposed Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2017–2021.

The DAMP outlines the services, programs and policies that council will undertake to promote responsible pet ownership in the shire over the next four years.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the proposed plan had been developed to address the interests and concerns of all community members.

“There are over 4,500 registered dogs and 1,500 registered cats in the Glenelg Shire and this plan balances the needs of pet owners with those who don’t own a pet,” she said.

“Our objective is to ensure that our region is a safe and enjoyable place for all community members whilst maintaining our shire’s pet friendly identity.

“One of the main focus areas of the plan is to encourage greater registration and identification (micro chipping) of pets, as well as promoting the lasting social and health benefits of responsible pet ownership.

“I encourage all members of the community, both pet owners and non-pet owners, to have their say on this proposed plan. The few minutes it takes will help to guide the future of animal management and enforcement in your neighbourhood.”

Residents can have their say on the proposed plan by:
• Providing feedback online at
• Emailing your feedback to
• Posting your feedback to:
Glenelg Shire Council
P.O. Box 152,
Portland, Vic 3305
Feedback on the Proposed Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2017–2021 will close 5pm Friday 25 August 2017.

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires all councils to develop a domestic animal management plan that will be renewed every four years.

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