The City of Bayswater has garnered support mostly from people who don’t own a cat for its latest crackdown on felines.
More than 542 submissions were received during a public comment period in April on a new local law that bans cats from 42 of Bayswater’s natural areas and any public place unless they’re under “effective control”.
Councilors agreed at a meeting last week to gazette the new local law which will be publicly advertised and considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
But according to a city report, some local governments had tried and failed to include similar conditions such as restricting cats from being in a public place and were told to remove the clause.
Community support for the new local law during public consultation was high, with 72.9 per cent of people happy with the move. Most of that support — exactly 90 per cent — came from people who were not cat owners.
Those in support of the move wanted the new local law introduced to protect wildlife and cats and believed the same rules should apply for cats as for dogs.
Some people said the new law was not strict enough, the fines were too low, it would be difficult to stop cats from roaming around and they helped keep the local rodent population in check.
Some submitters suggested cat owners should be given help to comply with the new local law with an adequate grace period to fit cat enclosures, possible exemptions for current licensed cat owners, no fines for a first offense and assistance to build or buy a cat enclosure.
Councilors agreed at a meeting in