Councillor Puddy Chandler Portfolio Chair for Community Safety said registration plays an important role in responsible pet ownership, assisting Council to identify animals and their owners and most importantly to help us get lost pets back home.
"This change will now require registration for both cats and dogs in the Maranoa," Cr Chandler said.
"The inclusion of mandatory cat registration in our local laws forms an integral part of Council's approach to responsible pet ownership across our region including managing such issues as roaming cats as a result of unwanted litters."
To encourage residents to register, Council is offering free cat registration until the end of the financial year. From 1 July 2020, registration fees will be structured to drive responsible pet ownership by rewarding owners who desex their pets.
Not only is it cheaper to register a desexed animal, it is also helping to save hundreds of unwanted litters.
Public consultation was initiated on 17 September 2019 and the community was invited to have their say on the proposal. Maranoa Regional Council Local Law No 2 (Animal Management) 2011 has now been amended to include the new cat registration requirements.
Council would like to thank all residents who have already registered their cats. At the beginning of this financial year, Council had 9 registered cats and currently there are over 169 cats that have been registered.
For more information on Council's Local Laws or responsible cat ownership please visit www.maranoa.qld.gov.au or contact Council's Community Safety Team on 1300 007 662.