From 1 May 2016, it is compulsory for cats and dogs to be desexed when they are:
- given away;
- if registration lapses and the animal was first registered post 1 May, 2016; and
- when impounded or registered for the first time.
The desexing program has been introduced to cut the number of unwanted pets going to pounds and being euthanised.
In 2015, more than 900 dogs and 450 cats were impounded on the Fraser Coast.
Compulsory cat desexing was introduced in 2013.
Compulsory desexing was identified during public consultation as part of Council’s Local Law review.
Owners who do not desex and register their pets can be fined.
For information regarding dogs click here.
Cat registration refund
Cat registration refunds
All cat registration fees are due to be refunded to animal owners for any payments made after 1 July 2014. The below frequently asked questions will assist in information on timeframes for processing.
Who is receiving the refunds first?
The first round of cat registration refunds have been issued to owners with cats that have had their registrations paid for the last two (2) years, with no change of ownership. This was done to ensure that cheques were mailed to the current animal owners/addresses.
I have not received my refund yet – when can I expect it?
If you have paid your registration for any of your cats in the last two (2) years and at least one of them is still active on our system, your refund will be received over the course of the next few weeks.
My cat has changed ownership since 2014 – how will the refund be processed?
Refunds will be processed and issued to whichever animal owner was listed at the time of registration payment.
I am no longer in the area but have paid registrations for my cats. How do I let you know of my new address?
Contact Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29 to advise of your details.
My cat/s has passed away but I am still in the area. How do I let you know of my address for refund?
Contact Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29.
I haven’t received my refund yet – can I opt for this to be direct deposited into my account?
Unfortunately, all refunds are being issued as cheques payable to the animal owner. There is also no option to transfer to your rates account.
I received an infringement for my cat registration – will I have fees associated with this refunded to me?
Yes – we are aiming to refund fees associated with infringements by the end of November.
Council's appreciates your patience in processing your refund, should you require further clarification, please contact Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29.
Cat traps are available for hire from the Hervey Bay and Maryborough refuges.
Additional cats and dogs
Animal owners who wish to keep more than the allowed maximum number of cats and dogs on a property need to apply for an approval to keep an additional animal and will be subject to an approval process. Part of the approval process includes submitting the written consent of all adjoining neighbours of the property, and if the registered animal owner does not own the property, a letter of consent by the property owner.
In the case of a dog, that is not a working dog, an approval is required -
- to keep 3 or more cats or dogs over the age of 3 months on any property; or
- to keep 2 or more cats or dogs over the age of 3 months on any residential unit (residential development comprising multiple units on a single lot), multiple dwellings, Accommodation Units, Caravan Park, Retirement Village: or
- to keep more than 6 racing Greyhounds registered with Racing Queensland over the age of 3 months on a property.
For information on how to register – refer to the ‘Registration section’
Number of animals per property
Council is committed to promoting responsible domestic pet ownership. The number of dogs, cats, chickens, roosters, pigeons and doves you can have is dependent on the size of your property.
The number of animals you can keep is regulated by Council's local laws.
Animals must be kept in a way that does not cause a noise, smell or wandering nuisance to others.
Registration of an animal does not automatically ensure that the animal is permitted to be kept on a property.
If you would like to keep an animal on your property other than a cat or dog please contact Council to find out if a permit is required.
Importance of registering and microchipping
Making sure your pet is registered and microchipped will ensure your pet is returned home quickly if it happens to escape the yard.
Council is focussed on reuniting pets with their owners and uses the registration tag or microchip information to find their owners. Animals taken into Council’s care are advertised on Council's
Lost pets webpage and the Pound facebook page.
If a pet is unregistered and the owner cannot be found after three days, the animal is assessed for suitability of rehousing and in Hervey Bay offered to the Hervey Bay Adoption Centre, or in Maryborough offered to the Maryborough Animal Refuge. The animal may also end up being offered to one of the other Fraser Coast Animal Welfare groups.
If a pet is registered every effort will be made to reunite the animal with its owner. Sadly ‘in some circumstances’ the owner cannot be found, in these cases after five days the animal will be assessed for suitability of rehousing following the same rehoming process as for unregistered animals above.
Council will not respond to or become involved with incidents of wandering livestock on State-controlled roads in the Fraser Coast Local Government Area (LGA).
Responsibility for wandering livestock on State-controlled roads on the Fraser Coast lies with the person(s) who own(s) or has care and control of the stock, and with the relevant State government agencies.
The Federal and State Roads affected by this process include:
- Bruce Highway
- Maryborough - Biggenden Road
- Boompa Road
- Bauple - Woolooga Road
- Cooloola Coast Road
- Mungar Road
- Maryborough - Hervey Bay Road
- Torbanlea - Pialba Road
- Burrum Heads Road
- Pialba - Burrum Heads Road
- Booral Road
In the first instance wandering livestock should be reported to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) Traffic Report on 13 19 40 and Police for actioning.
For wandering livestock on all other roads in the Fraser Coast region, please contact Council.
Living with kangaroos and wallabies
Kangaroos and wallabies are an important part of local wildlife and generally live harmoniously within our community. At times (particularly around breeding season) these animals come into conflict with residents and there are recent instances of attacks by kangaroos or wallabies on residents our region.
Below are some tips on how negative interaction with these animals can be avoided.
It is important to know how you should behave around kangaroos and wallabies. The following information can help to make living near kangaroos and wallabies a safer and fascinating experience.
Enjoy your kangaroos or wallabies - but from a distance. If you enter an area where kangaroos or wallabies live, give them as much space as possible. If you see one, stay away from it and watch how it behaves. If it moves toward you, or shows signs of being aggressive, move away (even if it is only looking for food or human contact, a kangaroo or wallaby may still become aggressive). Don't act aggressively towards the kangaroo or wallaby, as this will simply reinforce the idea that you are a threat.
Dangerous situations may also arise where kangaroos and wallabies move into backyards or on to private property to feed. These can be avoided by fencing and removing sources of food or water that are attracting them.
Get to know your local mob. By watching the animals that live near you, you can learn to identify individuals by their appearance (e.g. size, sex, notches on their ears) and even give them names. You will also start to work out the relationships between individuals (e.g. who the dominant male is) and be able to follow the birth and growth of each new generation of joeys.
To feed or not to feed. The simple answer here is: don't feed. Feeding brings kangaroos and wallabies into close contact with people, creating potentially dangerous situations. Exposing them to an artificial diet may also cause health problems and create unnatural concentrations of animals.
And if a kangaroo or wallaby becomes aggressive. If you are approached by an aggressive kangaroo or wallaby you should keep it at a safe distance so that it can't kick or scratch. For example, hold up a stick or branch, or stay behind a fence or a tree. Move away from the animal as quickly as you can. Turning your back on it and running could be dangerous as a large male can easily outrun you and still kick at the same time. Turn side-on and protect the front of your body with your arms and keep your head as far away from the animal as possible to minimise the risk of being scratched on the face.
If it is a large male that has been displaying dominance behaviour, it may see you as a threat. Protect yourself and let the animal know you are not a threat by giving a short, deep cough, avoiding eye contact and crouching down as you move away.
Females and smaller male animals are less likely to be aggressive but may approach if they are used to being fed or have had a lot of human contact. Even though females are much smaller than males, they can scratch and kick and could pose a safety risk - particularly to small children.
As a last resort, if you can't escape an attacking kangaroo or wallaby, roll up into a ball on the ground with your arm covering your neck and call for help. Try to roll or crawl away to a safe place. For more information
Magpie season can run anywhere between June and December each year.
As magpies are protected wildlife, Council is unable to relocate magpies from their natural habitats.
All concerns regarding menacing magpie activity should be referred to a licenced operator who can remove and relocate the magpies.
Further information can be obtained from the DEHP website.
If you see stranded marine wildlife, please contact the Marine Stranded Animals hotline on 1300 360 898.
Council does not remove or deal with snakes. Please refer to a local directory for details on snakes catchers within our region.