Council urged to create wildlife protection areas

WILDLIFE WARRIOR: Linda Wright of Lawrence has concerns over cats hurting native animals. Photo: Adam Hourigan
WILDLIFE WARRIOR: Linda Wright of Lawrence has concerns over cats hurting native animals. Photo: Adam Hourigan

In a deputation to the council's committee meetings, Ms Wright said she had heard a local homeowner openly boast of owning 30 cats.

She said the person's house was on the edge of a known bird breeding zone.

"The area around the house stinks, and various cats can always be seen on and around the property," she said.

"Other cats are breeding freely underneath a disused church opposite.

"According to the rules, there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of this."

And this is a problem Ms Wright said the council could take steps to address.

Her idea is to have the council create a series of Wildlife Protection Areas throughout the Valley.

These areas would mean rangers could take action if they saw feral or roaming domestic cats in them.

Ms Wright said Warringah Shire Council in Sydney had 18 such areas.

And she said Cr Karen Toms supported the idea.

"I would like to support Cr Toms in proposing that CVC creates, or if some already exist, augments, a network of wildlife protection areas across the Valley," Ms Wright said.

Other measures Ms Wright suggested were keeping cats in enclosures at night and ensuring they were always desexed.

She said residents in Logan Shire were already forced to keep their cats in enclosures and said the regulation should be extended into the Clarence Valley.



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