Trial Wildlife Protection Areas

This consultation has concluded.

We're seeking your feed back on establishing two trial Wildlife Protection Areas.

In accordance with Council's Wildlife Area Protection Policy, Council is proposing to implement two Wildlife Protection Areas on a trial basis at Bonnie Doon Reserve, Katoomba and Sassafras Gully Reserve, Springwood for a five year period.

Your understanding of the two trial Wildlife Protection Areas and your feedback is important.

Further information is provided below and in the Library.

Blue Mountains Have Your Say.

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  • 7

    Do you have a comment on the proposed location of the trial Wildlife Protection Areas?

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    The trial WPAs at Bonnie Doon and Sassafras Gully Reserve will provide a trial WPA in both the upper and lower mountains.

    by bmccadmin 14 Feb 2012, 09:38 AM 395 views
  • 3

    Do you agree with the categories of the trial Wildlife Protection Areas?

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    The two proposed trial WPA sites are listed below along with the size of the reserve, the proposed categories of WPA being recommended and the size of the prohibition areas. 

    Town

    Reserve

    Area of WPA (Cat1/Cat2)

    Springwood

    Katoomba

    Sassafras Gully

    Bonnie Doon

    41.80 ha (Cat 1)/1.6ha (Cat 2)

    59.97 ha (Cat 1)/0.51ha (Cat 2)

     Wildlife Protection Areas can be declared as one of two categories:

    • Category 1 lands prohibit both cats and dogs as per S.30 c.1(b) and S.14 c. 1(h) of the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.
    • Category 2 lands prohibit cats as per S.30 c.1(b) of the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.  Dogs that are on a leash will be permitted on formed tracks, pathways or roads in Category 2 lands.

    The proposed categories of the trial WPAs at Bonnie Doon and Sassafras Gully Reserve will allow the evaluation of both Category 1 and 2 lands.

    by bmccadmin 14 Feb 2012, 09:34 AM 437 views
  • 7

    Do you have any suggestions to improve self regulation of the trial Wildlife Protection Areas?

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    A review of the implementation of WPAs in other LGA’s has indicated that self-regulation is the preferred compliance approach due to:

    • the high cost associated with proactive enforcement

    • the limited ability to apply a penalty to owners of companion animals, in particular cats, in breach of the local order.

    Council will adopt a similar model relying primarily on education and voluntary compliance.

     

    by bmccadmin 14 Feb 2012, 05:07 PM 300 views