A draft plan to manage our furry four-legged friends


Brimbank Council is calling on community members to have their say on the Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP).

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said the community would have four weeks to comment on the Draft DAMP which outlines Council’s programs, services and strategies for the management of dogs and cats in Brimbank.

“There are more than 10,000 dogs and 3,000 cats registered in Brimbank. Last financial year alone Council received more than 5,400 requests for animal management services, mostly related to complaints about dogs and stray or feral cats.

“In addition, Council collected more than 1,000 dogs and 1,500 cats including dogs found at large and cats collected as part of Council’s cat-trapping program.

“With this in mind, it’s essential that Council has an appropriate plan in place that outlines how we will manage dogs and cats in the community.

“We also need to help residents, as community members and pet owners to understand their rights and responsibilities relating to dogs and cats.

“The Draft DAMP builds on the current plan we have in place and reflects community feedback received during recent consultation on the review of Council’s animal management services,” Cr Hedditch said.

Council undertook a community consultation program in April and May this year, including six listening post sessions at local shopping centres. Community members were also able to complete an online or written survey.

About 80 people participated in the face-to-face community consultations, and 66 people completed the online survey.

Key issues included feral cats, responsible pet ownership, barking dogs, off leash parks and animal keeping.

Key initiatives outlined in the Draft DAMP

  • Reviewing the existing cat-trapping process and nuisance dog reporting process with online services to make these more accessible for residents.
  • Increasing use of multilingual materials on responsible pet ownership to better reach a wider section of the community.
  • Additional school visits by Animal Management Officers to raise awareness with children about safety and care with dogs and cats.
  • Reviewing the best ways to identify unregistered animals and increase registration.
  • Additional skills development and training opportunities for Animal Management Officers.

The draft Domestic Animal Management Plan will be available to view on Council’s website and copies made available in the libraries, community centres and customer service for a four week consultation period. 

Copies will be forwarded to animal welfare groups, local vets and other animal clubs and organisations for comment.

Submissions can be made from Tuesday 22 August to Thursday 21 September 2017.