Council adopts new Domestic Animal Management Plan

Published on 04 November 2021


At its meeting on Monday 1 November Mornington Peninsula Shire Council adopted the new Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025, a legislated document all Victorian Councils are required to produce every four years.
We invited our community to provide feedback on the draft plan in August/September, and received 74 online survey responses and 23 written submissions. These were individually assessed to determine whether changes to the draft Plan were required. The feedback supported the strategies in the draft Plan with minor suggested amendments.
The Plan outlines our approach to animal management services, programs and strategies across the Peninsula over the next four years. Focusing on:

  • communication around responsible pet ownership
  • promoting compliance and enhancing education
  • improving animal welfare outcomes
  • supporting a consistent approach to leash free and dog prohibited areas
  • increasing pet registration and opportunities for lost pets to be reunited with their owners
  • decreasing dog waste in public places
  • reducing dog attacks.

Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“The Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 has been developed through an extensive consultative process and amended, where appropriate, to reflect the most recent community feedback received.
“Thank you to our community who have shared their thoughts and ideas. Your feedback is much appreciated.”

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