Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    $3million to support Cat Act in WA

    7/08/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Grants available to extend, manage and provide cat management facilities
    • Pensioners/low income earners can source low cost cat sterilisation
    Local Government Minister John Castrilli today announced the availability of grants to support the introduction of the Cat Act 2011.

    The funding is designed to assist local governments and the community prepare for the cat legislation, aimed at reducing the high proportion of stray cats in Western Australia.

    Three categories of grants are for:
     
    1. Cat Management Facilities - The provision of, or extension of, cat management facilities (cat pounds)

    2. Implementation Costs (local governments only) - Funding for local governments to assist with the cost of microchip readers, ranger training, cat traps
     
    3. Sterilisation Programs - Programs to support pensioners and low income earners to access low cost sterilisation for their cats.

    Mr Castrilli said he encouraged local governments to work with non-government organisations to develop shared facilities.

    “Local governments may be able to work with organisations like vet surgeries or catteries to enhance the facilities already in place within a district, such as increasing the number of cages available,” he said. 

    “Innovative solutions that make use of resources already in existence is encouraged.”

    Organisations that undertake cat sterilisation can also apply for a grant to run low cost cat sterilisation programs which target pensioners and low income earners.

    The Minister emphasised the $3million grant program will be shared across the entire State.

    “This funding is aimed to benefit both the metropolitan area and major regional centres,” Mr Castrilli said.

    “We need sterilisation programs to be run outside the key centres and I encourage applications to target regional areas.”

    Applications for implementation grants close Friday October 26, 2012.
     
          Fact File
    • Assistance available to local govts for ranger training, cat traps and microchip readers
    • Guidelines and applications available from http://www.dlg.wa.gov.au or contact Department of Local Government on 6552 1500.
    Minister's office - 6552 6600