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City of Rockingham looks set to ban feral and pet cats from 44 nature reserves

Rachel FennerSound Telegraph
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Cats will be banned from dozens of reserves if sweeping changes are implemented.
Camera IconCats will be banned from dozens of reserves if sweeping changes are implemented. Credit: PerthNow

The City of Rockingham is seeking to enact sweeping bans within its reserves in a bid to control both feral and domestic cats.

The council originally tried to take action against cats with changes to local laws in 2021 but abandoned its plans after feedback from the Department of Local Government.

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The city’s latest plan to tackle roaming cats would result in them banned from 44 nature reserves.

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The changes would give rangers the power to trap any cat, domestic or feral, in the reserves and take appropriate action against them.

The city’s feral animal control program monitoring showed domestic and feral cats frequented these reserves and threatened native fauna, with domestic cat numbers about double those of feral cats.

The proposal to change the local laws and ban cats from reserves will go out for advertising and public comment before coming back to the council for approval.

Here are all 44 areas set to be hit with the ban:

  1. Alf Powell Reserve
  2. Anstey Q
  3. Baldivis Children’s Forest
  4. Baldivis Nature Reserve
  5. Baldivis Tramway
  6. Bordeaux Ramble
  7. CUD Swamp
  8. Dixon Road Conservation Precinct
  9. Frank Browne Reserve Rockingham Golf Course
  10. Golden Bay Foreshore
  11. Hidden Swamp
  12. Karnup Reserve School Site
  13. Karnup Town Site
  14. Kinsale Bend
  15. Lake Richmond
  16. Lark Hill Environmental Reserve
  17. Lennox Reserve
  18. Lewington Reserve
  19. Mandurah Hill
  20. Minderoo Reserve
  21. Port Kennedy Foreshore
  22. Rockingham/The Esplanade Foreshore
  23. Sawley Close Nature Reserve
  24. Secret Harbour Foreshore
  25. Shoalwater/Safety Bay Foreshore
  26. Singleton Foreshore
  27. St Claire Foreshore
  28. Tamworth Hill Swamp
  29. Tamworth Reserve
  30. Trenant Park Gardens
  31. Tuart Park
  32. Warnbro/Waikiki Foreshore
  33. Woodleigh Grove
  34. Anstey Swamp
  35. Lake Cooloongup
  36. Lake Walyungup
  37. Mandurah-Singleton Border reserve
  38. Paganoni Swamp
  39. Point Peron
  40. Port Kennedy Drive-Ennis Avenue Reserve
  41. Port Kennedy Dune conservation reserve
  42. Port Kennedy Scientific Park
  43. Rockingham Lakes East
  44. Tern Island

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