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How much is that doggy from Council?

Council today voted to take responsibility for re-homing unclaimed and abandoned animals after the RSPCA advised it was unable to continue a long-standing agreement to accept our animals.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been preparing to take on the task from July but had to move quickly after the RSPCA advised last week they weren’t able to take any more animals effective immediately.

“Council has had a long-standing arrangement with the RSPCA who has always done fantastic work in re-homing our animals,” Cr Williams said.

“Unfortunately they no longer have the resources to continue with this agreement, so Council has quickly stepped up to fill the void to ensure these animals can find new homes.

“As with everything, we will also continue to look at other options for re-homing the animals such as community groups taking over the service in the interests of these animals’ welfare.”

Cr Williams said that when officers found a lost animal, it would be initially scanned for a microchip or checked for a registration tag in an attempt to identify an owner.

“Our priority will be to locate the animal’s owner,’’ she said.

“In the event the animal has no identification, the details of the animal will be placed onto Council’s webpage.

“If after a period of time no owner can be located, the animal will be assessed to determine its suitability for adoption – taking into consideration its age, health and temperament before it is made available for sale.”

Council’s animal management spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said Council was hoping to have a dedicated Facebook page and website page running soon to allow the animals to be advertised.

“The aim is for the animals to be listed on Council’s website, including a photo, and information on the breed, age, price and other details people require when choosing a pet,” he said.

“If a person is interested in any of the listed animals, they can visit the animal shelter for a meet and greet and purchase their new pet.

“Because we have had to move so quickly to find an alternative method of re-homing animals there is still some work to be done and we are asking for everyone’s patience while things are finalised.”

Amendment to animal management Local Law – have your say!

Council is urging residents to have their say now about proposed local law changes that include relaxing dog restrictions in two of the city’s parks.

The proposed amendments to Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) would:

  • permit dogs on-leash at W.H. Yeo Park, Victoria Point and at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (dogs are currently prohibited at W.H. Yeo Park at all times and at Wellington Point Reserve on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
  • add the current off-leash exercise area adjacent to the Redlands Softball Park at Sturgeon Street, Ormiston (This area is fenced and Council has completed a successful dog off-leash trial there.).
  • remove two designated off-leash exercise areas at Flinders Beach and Amity Point North Stradbroke Island (these areas are now part of the Minjerribah Recreation Area and Council has relinquished its trusteeship of this State land).


Division 1 Cr Wendy Boglary welcomed Council’s decision to amend the Local Law that could see dog owners walk their dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays, saying that the dog ban had been put in place a number of years ago and needed to be updated to reflect modern lifestyles.

“An increasing number of people walk in the early mornings, late afternoons and nights. Having their dogs on-leash presents no real public safety concerns during these times – the original reason for the restriction,” Cr Boglary said.

To have your say, written submissions must be received at Council by 26 March 2013 stating your support or opposition to the proposed amendment, and the reasons you support your view. A decision is expected at the Council meeting 17 April 2013.

Send your written submission to:
Chief Executive Officer
Redland City Council
PO Box 21
Cleveland QLD 4163

Copies of the proposed repealing local law are available on our website or for inspection and purchase at Council’s public office at Cnr Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information please contact (07) 3829 8591.