Animal Management Plans

Prospect Dog & Cat Management Plan

Prospect, SA
City of Prospect

Dog and Cats in an inner-City area

Prospect is an inner-city council which is experiencing higher density housing along major transport nodes. As the number of households increase the greater population is likely to be accompanied by an increase in the number of dogs and an associated demand for off-leash areas.

This dog and cat management plan addressed the planning of off-leash areas along with best practices in dog and cat management.

Loxton Waikerie Animal Management Plan

Loxton, SA
District Council of Loxton, Waikerie

Animal management in a rural community

Balancing Act Adelaide worked with council staff to prepare an animal management plan tailored to the needs of Waikerie and Loxton. Rural towns along the River Murray region of South Australia also experience seasonally high number of tourists with pets.

People, Pets & Places Animal Management Plan

Port Adelaide, SA
City of Port Adelaide Enfield

More than a regulatory approach

People, Pets & Places is a strategic animal management plan that guides the planning and management of companion animals within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Although this plan was a statutory requirement under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, Council moved beyond the focus of animal management and looked at planning for pets in the wider community.

Pets play an important role in creating healthy cities, supporting ageing communities, facilitating social connections and placemaking.

In preparing this Plan we engaged with a diverse range of people to hear their issues and stories around pets. We used a variety of engagement tools to reach out and engage with the community including an online survey, staff workshops, telephone conversations with adjoining councils, meetings with targeted stakeholders, walk ‘n’ talk with beach users, social media and conversations with new arrivals. We believed it was important to engage with people who traditionally don’t get heard.

We based our community engagement on five principles: inclusive, diversity, on their turf, start early and loopback. These methods enabled us to collect diverse and rich stories from a range of stakeholders. Capturing different people, voices, and ideas within the community laid the foundations for the Plan and this led to a better and more responsive Plan. The way people felt about their pets informed the tone and design of the Plan while addressing the legislative requirements under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.


  • 2018 PIA Awards for Planning Excellence (SA) Commendation, Category for Public Engagement and Community Planning

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  • Public Engagement & Community Planning

Cat Discussion Paper

Port Adelaide, SA
City of Port Adelaide Enfield

What’s the fuss about cats

We prepared a discussion paper that drew on the various cat management controls in Australia. It provided a national overview of cat registration in Australia, and examined cat management in other local councils in South Australia.

This paper was developed to guide Council in decision making for future directions regarding cat management.