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During the Ordinary Meeting held 22 June, Council approved the 2022 Selective Inspection Program which is set to commence Thursday, 1 September and conclude Wednesday, 30 November.

The annual program takes place to encourage responsible animal ownership within the Maranoa region and assesses compliance with the State Government’s Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 for pet registration and regulated dog provisions.

Inspections may occur in premises situated within the townships of Amby, Injune, Jackson, Mitchell, Muckadilla, Mungallala, Roma, Surat, Wallumbilla and Yuleba. During the program, Council will only visit properties where officers have a reasonable belief that an unregistered or regulated dog may be present.

Deputy Mayor Geoff McMullen said last year’s Selective Inspection Program was very successful, resulting in 435 registrations being processed during the term of the three-month program.

“A 25% waiver is applied to all animal registration fees, with the exemption of regulated dogs, as part of Council’s COVID-19 relief strategy. Council encourages residents to take advantage of this fee waiver and register their pets for the upcoming 22/23 financial year,” Cr McMullen said.

Council records indicate that there are 1142 outstanding renewals. With the program set to commence in the coming weeks, Council is urging animal owners to ensure their registration is up to date to avoid being issued a fine. Having your pet registered is part of being a responsible animal owner and assists to reunite you with your pet should it become lost. 

To find out more information regarding the Selective Inspection Program, please visit Selective Inspection Program – Maranoa Regional Council