ALMOST 500 community members gave their feedback on Bass Coast Council’s Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP).

Council held an online survey as well as two pop-up sessions at Wonthaggi Plaza and Cowes Woolworths during June to seek input for the draft DAMP.

Common themes from the community’s response included:

• Increased patrolling and enforcement;

• Owners cleaning up after their dogs and dog poo bag dispensers;

• Clearer and more consistent signage for dog restrictions;

• Improved communication and education on pet owner responsibilities;

• 24/7 cat containment; and

• Increased numbers of de-sexed and registered animals.

The DAMP 2021-25 will be developed for presentation to council at the September 2021 council meeting.

Under the Domestic Animal Management Act (1994), council must develop and implement a DAMP every four years.

The DAMP also includes programs for the training of authorised officers to ensure the proper administration of the Act, sets out methods for evaluating our effective management of the Act and outlines programs, services and strategies that council can use to achieve the objectives of the DAMP.

For more information, contact the Community Safety Team on 1300 226 278 or 5671 2211 or email