Under the provisions of 68A of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (the Act), all Councils in Victoria are required to develop a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAM Plan) which is reviewed annually, and renewed every 4 years.
The plan outlines the services, programs, and policies Baw Baw Shire Council has already established, and identifies areas requiring further development to address the administration of the Act and the management of dog and cat issues in our community.
The draft plan has been developed in accordance with Animal Welfare Victoria’s guidelines, and has taken in to account the review of the previous plan, as well as targeted stakeholder feedback.
Through the plan, the Council has sought to balance the competing needs of pet owners, the broader community and the animals that share people’s lives. Council recognises the benefits of pet ownership, and acknowledges the role we play in promoting responsible pet ownership and animal-related enforcement. The plan seeks to balance the needs of pet owners and the broader community, where people and pets can safely co-exist within the community.