Draft Proposed Cat Local Law

Published on Wednesday, 16 August 2023 at 10:54:45 AM

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 15 August 2023, Council resolved to advertise the Draft Proposed Cat Local Law.


The Shire of Ravensthorpe has a high level of native fauna species and much of the Shire falls within the UNESCO recognised Fitzgerald Biosphere.


Roaming cats and feral cats are seen as having an impact on the native fauna in the Shire.


Section 79 of the Cat Act 2011 (the Act), provides local governments with the power to make local laws on all matters that are required or permitted to be prescribed by a local law, or are necessary or convenient to be so prescribed, for it to perform any of its functions under the Act.


The Shire of Ravensthorpe believes there may be sufficient need for regulation in relation to the points noted above to warrant the introduction of a stand-alone Cat Local Law and so is asking for public comments on the issue to determine that need.


The Cat Local Law will introduce additional elements of cat control and regulation not already covered by the Cat Act 2011, the Cat Regulations 2012, the Cat (Uniform Local Provisions) Regulations 2013, or any other written law that covers the matter.


Council has also recommended the introduction of targeted education campaigns for cat owners around their responsibilities and the potential impact pet cats have to our native and sometimes endangered animal species.

Now open for public comment

A copy of the draft Proposed Cat Local Law is available for inspection at both Shire of Ravensthorpe offices in Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe. 


It can also be viewed by clicking here.


Submissions must be in writing by 5.00pm, Friday 29 Sept 2023.

Email: shire@ravensthorpe.wa.gov.au

Via post: 

Natalie Bell

Shire of Ravensthorpe

PO Box 43

Ravensthorpe WA 6346 

Or dropped off in person at each Shire of Ravensthorpe office.



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