Shire of Wongan - Wongan Hills, Ballidu, Cadoux, Kondut and Burakin, Western Australia, Wheatbelt, Regional Western Australia Community  

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Environmental Health Services

The duties and powers of the Environmental Health Officer are widespread and involve dealing with infectious diseases, water sampling, food sampling, food inspections, sewerage septic tank and effluent disposal and pest control. 
"The Officers role is to measure and control environmental factors relating to human health, by planning the necessary monitoring, surveillance and inspection programs throughout the Shire and to enforce them whenever necessary. 

 
 

Responsible Cat Ownership

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu has many areas of native bushland that act as refuges for wildlife including birds, reptiles, . However, the remaining populations of native animals are coming under increasing pressure from predatory ?imports? such as domestic cats and dogs. Studies have shown that on average in a hectare of urban land there will be two domestic cats and each will kill 8 birds a year. (In most suburban areas only 20 birds hatch per hectare per year!) Cats have also been found responsible for 16 mammal and 8 reptile deaths each per year.Cats are natural hunters

What can you do? Wongan-Ballidu supports responsible cat ownership. Some simple things you can do as a responsible cat owner are to:

  • Make sure your cat wears a collar with bells. Your cat will get used to wearing the collar and remember, cats can learn to hunt without ringing one bell, so two or three bells are better at alerting prey they may be on the menu!
  • Desex your cat. This reduces the tendency of a cat to roam and also reduces unwanted litters and feral cat populations.The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu provides subsidies for cat sterilisation.
  • Don't allow your cat to roam. Most people are aware that cats should be brought in during the evening to reduce hunting, but it will also assist in reducing cats being involved in road accidents, catching diseases from other cats and fighting with other cats. Did you know that cats can also be turned into content indoor pets.

Begin the changes now in time for the Spring breeding season to give our native friends their best chance.

 
 

2014-2015 Fees & Charges
7 Jul 2014
Strategic Community Plan
Local Emergency Management Plan

 

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