Animal Management Plan Consultation

dog park

Animal Management Plan

Do you love your pet?

Pets are a wonderful addition to any family, therefore it is important we all care and protect our pets and understand our responsibilities as a pet owner.  Mount Barker District Council are proud supporters of responsible pet ownership.

Council performs a wide range of functions relating to the management and responsible keeping of domestic pets and animals in the District. As set out in the Dog and Cat Management Act, Council has a legal ‘duty of care’ on anyone in charge of animals to meet the needs of those animals in an appropriate way.

What is an Act or Plan?

The Dog and Cat Management Act promotes the responsible care and use of animals. All Councils in South Australia abide by this Act and review their own animal management plans every 5 years to organise, set out the form, manner or procedure in which they should be run.

How does this affect me?

In order to meet current social and environment requirements of its ratepayers, Council is reviewing its current animal management plan and are asking for your comments and concerns about responsible care of animals.

Why a new Animal Management Plan?

This is important matter for all residents. A new plan may change the manner in which we enforce legislation; it may introduce a new public amenity such as a dog park or introduce a new by-law on how you care for or manage your pet or animal.

Have your say!

As the existing Animal Management Plan expires soon (in 2017/18) we need your input to draft a new plan and have organised the following ways for feedback:

  • Email us – 
  • Post to us – PO Box 54 Mount Barker
  • Online Poll – see below
  • In Person – Council (6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker) or Library (Dumas Street, Mount Barker)

Comments and feedback must be received no later than 21 April 2017.

Drop-in Sessions

We will be hosting three drop-in sessions to give you the opportunity to ask questions, make comments or provide feedback:

Tuesday 28 March 2017, 3pm-5pm

Meadows Bowling Club, 10 Kondoparinga Road, Meadows


Thursday 30 March 2017, 5pm-7pm

Council Chambers, Local Government Centre, 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker


Wednesday 5 April 2017, 11am-1pm

Callington Clubrooms, 22-30 Callington Road, Callington


 Online Poll

* Mandatory Field

Place of Residence
What is the post code of your normal place of residence?*
Pet Ownership
How many dogs belong to the house in which you normally reside?*
If your answer is 0, are you planning on getting a dog in the next year or so?
How many cats belong to the house in which you normally reside?*
If your answer is 0, are you planning on getting a cat in the next year or so?

Of the following topics, which do you think should be high, medium or low priority in regards to the Council's Dog and Cat Management Plan.

Lost and unwanted dogs
Registration and microchipping of dogs
Aggressive dogs
Impacts of dogs on the environment
Dogs wandering at large
Compliance with leash requirements and effective control in off leash areas
Planning new dog parks
Removal of dog faeces from parks, streets and footpaths
Barking dogs
Educating the community in responsible dog ownership
Enforcement of animal management controls and laws
Providing services for dog owners
Other dog issues (please specify)

Of the following topics, which do you think should be high, medium or low priority in regards to the Council's Dog and Cat Management Plan.

Introduction of a by-law requiring cats to be registered
Microchipping of cats
Lost, unwanted and unowned cats
Nuisance from cats straying on private property
Impacts of cats on the environment
Educating the community in responsible cat ownership
Providing services for cat owners
Other cat issues (please specify)
Cat Registration

Some councils in South Australia have a by-law requiring cats to be registered with the local council.

Do you think a by-law should be introduced in Mount Barker District Council or not?
Dog Parks
Have you visited the Council's dog park, Barka Park?
If yes, do you have any comments about its design and management?

If Council were to establish a second dog park, do you have any suggesions on the following:

Where it should be located?
How it should be designed or what facilities should it include?
Do you have any other comments with regard to Mount Barker District Council's provision of animal management services?
Would you like to receive information about the development of Council's Animal Management Plan?
If yes, please provide us with your contact details in the space below
If you see this, leave this form field blank.
6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200