Councillor Dave Batt, with his dog Bozo, encourages residents to meet the new requirements for dog and cat owners under local laws.
Councillor Dave Batt, with his dog Bozo, encourages residents to meet the new requirements for dog and cat owners under local laws. Scottie Simmonds

Council lays down law on new rules

BOTH cats and dogs will have to be registered with Bundaberg Regional Council under new laws that come into effect on January 1.

And if you or your children like to skateboard or scooter through the CBD at breakneck speed, watch out - it's about to be banned come Sunday.

The new regulations are part of a suite of local laws to replace the laws of the former shires of Burnett, Kolan and Isis and the former Bundaberg City Council.

Council governance spokesman David Batt said the new laws were drawn up after an extensive period of public consultation, internal reviews and input from State Government and relevant agencies.

He said among the more interesting changes related to animal management.

"Both cats and dogs are required to be registered by the council, but now there are also further laws in relation to the number of cats and dogs that can be kept," Cr Batt said.

"For instance, the keeping of more than three dogs over the age of three months on a property less than 40,000sq m is prohibited without approval from the council, while people living in multi-residential premises must not keep more than one dog."

He said the new laws meant anyone who wanted to keep more than three cats over the age of three months on a residential block would also need to get council approval.

"Another change will mean the council now has the ability to impound cats that stray from their properties, while residents who privately impound a stray cat can have them placed in the council's pound," he said.

"Laws governing holding periods for registered dogs and cats are now uniform across the region and will now be five days for those which are registered and three days for any animal which is not registered."

Parking is another section that affects many residents and will now become consistent across the region.

"The council can now implement and enforce a system of regulated parking within the whole of the regional council area, as opposed to previously only being able to enforce parking rules within the Bundaberg CBD," Cr Batt said.

"The new local law also includes a wider range of offences relating to stopping and parking of vehicles."

Cr Batt said while drawing up the new laws was a time-consuming process, it provided the council with the chance to adopt laws that were up to date, relevant and consistent.

"Some of the old local laws were archaic and dated back to the 1960s, and were difficult to enforce," he said.

He said the new local laws related to eight different sectors including administration, animal management, community and environmental management, local government controlled areas, facilities and roads, parking, bathing reserves, aerodromes, and rental accommodation other than shared facility accommodation.

Cr Batt said the new local laws were on the council's website under the council drop-down menu or at service centres in Bundaberg, Bargara, Childers and Gin Gin.

 

REGULATIONS BROUGHT INTO LINE

  • Dog off-leash areas have been proclaimed at Lions Park, North Bundaberg, the northern end of Fred Courtice Ave, Bargara, and part of the foreshore at Woodgate.
  • Parking or standing a vehicle bearing a sign the car is for sale or hire on local government controlled land is prohibited.
  • Riding a bicycle, wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy on the footpath is prohibited on Bourbong St between Barolin and Tantitha Sts, Bauer St, Bargara between the Esplanade and See St, and See St north or south for 100m from the intersection with Bauer St.
  • Busking in all council controlled areas without a permit is prohibited.
  • Brazilian cherry, cocos palm, Easter cassia and leucaena are declared local pests.
  • Dog breeds prohibited in the council area are American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier, dogo argentino, fila Brasileiro, Japanese tosa and Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.


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