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“Whilst the response is a valu-
able indication to council, we do
need to undertake the formal con-
sultation of a draft bylaw before
being confident in the introduction
of such measures,” he said.
“It is anticipated that the new
bylaw will be reviewed by council
solicitors before being presented in
draft form to council in August or
“Following that, public consul-
tation occurs in accordance with
legislation and council policy.
Evaluation of responses from the
community will then dictate coun-
cil’s final decision and implementa-
tion of a bylaw or other measures.”
Mr Somers said the proposed
registration fee would fund cat
“Typically the costs involved
include employment of animal
management officers and associat-
ed equipment, responding to com-
plaints, impounding facilities and
administration services,” he said.
He said the cost also involved
euthanizing animals unable to be
rehomed and transporting animals
due to be rehomed to a registered
Mr Somers said council would
employ an extra part-time staff
member to assist with the introduc-
tion of a cat management role in
Riverland Veterinary Practice vet
nurse Stacey Geyer said cat regis-
tration would help with identifying
and locating owners.
“We do have a lot of cats that
come in without any form of iden-
tification, so that makes it harder
for us if a stray cat gets handed in,”
she said. “It’s just the time it takes
us and for the cat being stressed out
“If they’re registered or micro-
chipped it makes it so much easier.”
Ms Geyer said the practice regu-
larly received calls from cat owners
looking for their pets.
“We do fairly regularly have cats
that have come in if either they’ve
been in fights or if they’ve gone
missing,” she said.
“We have a lot of people who
ring up about their cats being lost
and if we don’t have any informa-
tion or identification then it does
make it a lot harder.”
Ms Geyer said a limit to the
number of cats allowed at a house-
hold would help with responsible
“Owning an animal is a fairly
large responsibility and sometimes
people can get a bit overwhelmed
with having to do things like de-
sexing and vaccinating,” she said.
“So I think a limit would help to
make responsible pet ownership a
lot more affordable for everyone.”
The draft Dog and Cat
Management Act is out for public
consultation and can found
on council’s website (www.
A FREE educational event for those
living with diabetes will be held at
the Berri Hotel on Thursday night.
The event will present infor-
mation on Continuous Glucose
Monitoring (CGM) and insulin
pump therapy for those with diabe-
tes following recently announced
funding for CGM for people under
21 living with Type 1 diabetes.
The event will run from 6pm
through to 8pm, with light refresh-
ments provided. For more infor-
mation contact Andrew Munro
(0447 585 520 or andrew.munro@
A WAIKERIE man lost his licence
on the weekend after he was caught
drink driving while unlicensed and
At 4.15pm, on Saturday, police
stopped the man driving on
Strangman Road and breath tested
him. The 39-year-old man allegedly
returned a positive blood-alcohol
reading of 0.091.
Further checks revealed the man’s
driver’s licence was expired and his
car was unregistered and uninsured.
The man was reported for the
offences, issued a six-month instant
loss of licence and his car impound-
ed for 28 days. He will face court at
a later date.
Free info session for diabetics
Local driver caught
Berri Barmera Council’s purr-fect plan
views on cat
Andrew: About time, and
be treated the same as
dogs if wandering. The
wildlife will thank you.
Debbie: Yes don’t mind
at all, but what if you
have more than the limit.
I have five but they never
get outside? All de-sexed
Glenys: Sounds good to
me. Should clean out all
the strays. Hope they do it
in all Riverland towns.
Danielle: Yes absolutely.
I am sick of cats outside
my house at night time
fighting and carrying on. I
have one constantly in my
yard stirring my dog up.
I don’t own a cat, never
Councils make no money
Steve: Yes, definitely.
Apart from fouling their
neighbours gardens, they
are a huge threat to the
local wildlife. Living near
Martin Bend we see the
damage the feral cats are
Lynette: No, because they
will take our money and
still do nothing. I have two
inside cats, de-sexed, so I
am a responsible owner.
I will get nothing; they
won’t pay for de-sexing
Senior nurse at the Riverland
Veterinary Clinic Kalsey Fear (centre,
with Glossop High School work
experience students Jemma Minnas
and Louise Ayling) has backed Berri
Barmera Council’s push for cat
registrations, saying it would make it
easier to reunite injured or lost cats
with their owners.
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