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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 10 July 2019

10th July 2019

Return of the Basques
A fifty strong touring group of Basques, many of whom were actually born in Ingham, or lived and worked in the district in the 60’s and 70’s, are returning for a visit.
The group will be accompanied by a film crew documenting their return to ‘Trebonne’, which in the early days was considered the Basque Capital of Ingham, centered around the Fronton (handball court), which proudly remains today.
The tourists will be attending a luncheon at the Trebonne Hotel on Tuesday 23 July 2019 from around 12.30pm.
If you are interested in attending, or if you are interested in knowing who of your former friends or acquaintances may be attending, please give me a call on 0427 875 607.
Changes to Animal Management Fees and Charges
Council is offering a 50% discount on dog registrations throughout the month of July, including new registrations.
It is a requirement under the Queensland Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 that pet owners ensure their dogs are microchipped and registered.
Penalty infringement notices (fines) can be issued if these requirements are not met.
The registration fees Council has set are designed to encourage all pet owners to comply with the legislative requirements and encourage desexing. A desexed and microchipped dog registration throughout the month of July is only $10. I encourage dog owners to take advantage of this offer.
Additionally, Council has changed the fee structure for animals that are impounded. There has been an increase in fees for animals that are not registered and for repeat offenders, however if your animal is registered and is impounded, it will be returned home to you free of charge on the first occasion.
Dog Inspection Program
Over the coming months Council will be conducting an inspection program of dogs throughout the Shire to determine the compliance with proper registration and keeping practices pertaining to dogs.
The inspections will commence shortly now that annual dog registration renewal notices have been issued. The program will see Council Officers visiting homes to verify that Council records are correct and ensure pet owners understand legislative requirements for registration and proper animal keeping arrangements.
Complaints to Council concerning dog related issues are on the rise and have been quite high for some time, suggesting that some owners are not acting responsibly, much to the annoyance of their neighbours.
Ensuring that Council’s animal database correctly reflects ownership details is the first step. This will help us deliver animal management services throughout the Shire and address areas of concern within the community.
For more information about registering animals please visit Council’s website, Pets and Animals page.

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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 10 July 2019
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