Animals and Pets
The keeping of animals in the Fraser Coast region is governed by local laws.
Council partners with RSPCA Queensland and National Desexing Network to offer discounted desexing.
RSPCA’s Operation Wanted offers a 20% discount on cat and dog desexing and NDN offers discounted cat desexing.
Help with the costs of desexing may be available.
For information visit the dogs webpage.
Cat traps are available for hire from the Hervey Bay and Maryborough refuges.
Cat registration is not required on the Fraser Coast.
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 Animal registration webpage
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.
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 Fraser Coast Animal 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 Fraser Coast Adoption Centre Bay, or in Maryborough offered to the Maryborough and District 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, head to the Department of Environment and Science Kangaroos and wallabies webpage.
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.
For more information, head to the Department of Environment and Science Australian magpies webpage.
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 of snake catchers in Fraser Coast.