Cat owners face fine if feline friends enter reserves around City

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CAT owners are facing a potential $200 fine if their feline friends enter nine major reserves around Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle’s proposed Cat Management Local Law 2020 is a fair way from coming into effect but if the cats enter locations such as Booyeembara Park, Leighton Beach Reserve and South Beach Reserve, the owners would be slapped with the fine.

Councillor Adin Lang moved a motion at the September 25 council meeting for it to initiate the adoption of the local law, citing the risk cats posed to native animals and biodiversity.

A City spokesman said the nine areas had been chosen because they were local natural areas managed by the City.

“The City currently undertakes feral cat, fox and rabbit control in these areas and they would benefit from additional protection from predation,” he said.

“The proposed $200 fine is consistent with the penalties imposed under similar cat local laws by other local authorities.”

As part of the local law, owners would be restricted to just three cats although anyone with more than three cats can keep the existing cats that are registered with the City.

Advertising of the cat management local law is expected to begin this weekend.

Proposed local laws generally must be advertised for 42 days but because of the Christmas period, this one will be open to public feedback for an extra two weeks.

The City spokesman said the timeline for final adoption depended on the number and content of any submissions.

“Should the law be adopted by the council, there are further legislative requirements to be undertaken before the law comes into effect,” he said.

The nine locations:

  • Booyeembara Park
  • Leighton Beach Reserve
  • Sir Fredrick Samson Park
  • South Beach Reserve
  • Bathers Beach Reserve
  • Cantonment Hill
  • Port Beach reserve
  • North Fremantle Foreshore Reserve
  • Rocky Bay Reserve (including Prawn Bay)