Council currently has no statutory power in regards to the behaviour of cats. The State Government has introduced legislation governing cat control. More information can be found on the following links -
Cat Management Act 2009
Cat Management Regulations 2012
Additional cat management information is available by accessing the following information sheets:
Tasmanian Cat Legislation_2015.pdf
Cat Safe Enclosure.pdf
Desexing your cat .pdf
Keeping Cats Contained_FAQs.pdf
Keeping Cats Indoors .pdf
Cats Neighbour Letter.pdf
West Tamar Council gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Kingborough Council for the above information.
Further more the State Government is currently seeking feedback on the recently released Draft Tasmanian Cat Management Plan.
This Draft Tasmanian Cat Management Plan has been prepared by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. The purpose of the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan is to improve the management of feral and domestic cats in Tasmania, and reduce the negative impacts they have on the environment, agriculture and human health.
Public comment is being sought on the information and recommendations in this draft plan before it is finalised.
A copy of the draft plan and further information is available by visiting the Department Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment website. Public comments are open until 30th June 2016.
Livestock includes cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats and deer. Rules relating to livestock on roads are covered in the Road Rules 2009 which is enforced by Tasmania Police. For further information or to report livestock on roads please phone Council on 6323 9300 to speak with a Municipal Inspector.
If you do or are considering keeping poultry, please bear in mind the following:
Do you have the time to clean the pen/s and maintain them regularly to prevent offensive odours?
Do you have adequate room to prevent offensive odours?
Is the position of the pen going to create a nuisance to your neighbours? e.g. smell or noise
The following are some tips to aid in the successful keeping of poultry:
Ensure all food is stored and sealed in vermin proof container.
Ensure adequate clean water and shelter is available at all times
Regularly clean out the housing or yard to ensure all waste is removed and disposed of appropriately
Do not wash waste products into adjoining properties or watercourses
Do not overfeed or leave food scraps lying around which will attract vermin or nuisance bird species
Ensure the land is adequately fenced and enclosures are constructed to exclude entry of vermin. For example, install vermin proof mesh under the floor of aviaries and poultry houses
Limit the number of animals to a manageable size
If you have a rooster, you MUST ensure it does not cause a noise nuisance to neighbours
For more information or to discuss keeping poultry, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Department at our Riverside office.
Tasmania has only three snake varieties - tiger, copperhead and white-lipped. All have the capability of inflicting a poisonous and potentially life threatening bite. If you do see a snake, stand still and it will most likely leave you alone.
Should a snake visit your house you can contact Reptile Rescue Tasmania on 0407 565 181 they have the equipment and training to remove and release it safely into a suitable area.