Mitchell Shire Council is preparing to introduce a nightly cat curfew later this year and is asking the community for input on how the curfew could work and any concerns that might need addressing.
Plans are being developed following community input last year which showed 70per cent of people supported a curfew from sunset to sunrise.
The change will bring Mitchell in line with many other Victorian Councils who have overnight or permanent curfews in place.
The curfew will help keep pets safer, reduce the impact of nuisance cats on the community, protect wildlife and the environment and help to manage feral cats.
Mayor Bill Chisholm encouraged the community to read over the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and provide feedback.
‘‘For most people who already do the right thing and keep their cats contained to their property or indoors, the curfew won’t mean any change,’’ he said.
‘‘However, there are some cat owners who will need to make some adjustments and who might have questions about how they can help their cats and their household adjust.
‘‘We also know there will be questions from people who are having trouble with cats straying on to their property and from people who are worried about feral cats.’’
Cr Chisholm encouraged community members to read the FAQs that have been developed and provide input in support of the change or to raise any concerns they might have.
Feedback can be provided online at engagingmitchellshire.com