Cat curfew wound back

May 30, 2024 7:27 am in by Andrew Johnston
Image: File (C Meddings).

City of Greater Geelong has returned to it’s previous cat curfew.

Just a month after voting to institute a rule saying cats had to remain in a property 24 hours a day, the council essentially reversed it’s decision.

Councillor Melissa Cadwell put forward a motion to have the curfew to stay between sunset and sunrise which was passed by council.

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“The financial cost burden the policy would have imposed upon residents on low fixed incomes may have required them to give up their cat, which in many cases may be their only companion,” Cr Cadwell said.

“That’s not something I could support, particularly in a cost-of-living crisis.

“There was a lack of detail in regard to how this would work for registered cat owners living in rental accommodation, given that there would have been a substantial investment on the part of the tenant to comply with the policy and still allow for their cat to have time outside.”