Draft Cat Containment Area Policy - Googong and Jumping Creek

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Consultation has concluded

With the growth of Googong and its proximity to the Googong Dam foreshore, bushland and rural properties, Council has experienced an increase in cat-related complaints. These vary and can include: cats digging and defecating in private gardens, scratching vehicles, cats fighting at night causing excess noise, hunting and killing wildlife, and contributing to nuisance dog barking.

Council proposes introducing cat containment bylaws within Googong and the planned Jumping Creek Estate. Introducing cat containment areas within the community will play a key role in reducing the impact that cats have on the local environment.

It should be noted that the draft Policy only applies to future development areas of Googong Township. Council may consider setting a future date for the Policy to apply to all areas of Googong. Staff have recommended that a five-year timeframe apply to this. As the Jumping Creek development has not yet commenced, the Policy would apply to the entire development.

Residents within the cat containment areas would be required to keep their cats confined to their premises 24 hours a day. This can be achieved by restricting cats to the house, providing a purpose-built cat enclosure or erecting cat-proof fencing on the premises.

Council is seeking comments on the draft Policy until Monday 1 March 2021. Comments will be presented to Council for consideration.

Submissions may be made:

  • By completing the survey below
  • By email to council@qprc.nsw.gov.au referencing "draft Cat Containment Policy - Googong and Jumping Creek" in the subject line
  • By mail to PO Box 90, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
  • By delivery to any of Council's customer service centres

With the growth of Googong and its proximity to the Googong Dam foreshore, bushland and rural properties, Council has experienced an increase in cat-related complaints. These vary and can include: cats digging and defecating in private gardens, scratching vehicles, cats fighting at night causing excess noise, hunting and killing wildlife, and contributing to nuisance dog barking.

Council proposes introducing cat containment bylaws within Googong and the planned Jumping Creek Estate. Introducing cat containment areas within the community will play a key role in reducing the impact that cats have on the local environment.

It should be noted that the draft Policy only applies to future development areas of Googong Township. Council may consider setting a future date for the Policy to apply to all areas of Googong. Staff have recommended that a five-year timeframe apply to this. As the Jumping Creek development has not yet commenced, the Policy would apply to the entire development.

Residents within the cat containment areas would be required to keep their cats confined to their premises 24 hours a day. This can be achieved by restricting cats to the house, providing a purpose-built cat enclosure or erecting cat-proof fencing on the premises.

Council is seeking comments on the draft Policy until Monday 1 March 2021. Comments will be presented to Council for consideration.

Submissions may be made:

  • By completing the survey below
  • By email to council@qprc.nsw.gov.au referencing "draft Cat Containment Policy - Googong and Jumping Creek" in the subject line
  • By mail to PO Box 90, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
  • By delivery to any of Council's customer service centres