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Barking dogs are affecting woman’s health but says laws not enough to silence them

13 July 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
A woman who says her mental health is deteriorating as a result of barking dogs near her home believes urgent change is needed to stop people being driven crazy. For four years Jane in Adelaide’s inner south-east has been trying to cope with barking from two neighbouring properties, including a little “shrill” dog just metres […] Find out more

Barking dogs, crowing roosters and screeching cats top noise complaints list in Brisbane

19 October 2017
Local Laws
When it comes to noise, nothing drives Brisbane residents barking mad quite like animals. Barking dogs, crowing roosters and screeching cats top the list when it comes to complaints to Brisbane City Council (BCC) for noise, with 7,245 complaints in the past financial year. That was up from 6,619 complaints in 2015/16. A distant runner-up […] Find out more

New Plan To Protect Animals In Emergencies

20 October 2016
Local Laws
The Andrews Labor Government today launched a new Emergency Animal Welfare Plan to protect animals during natural disasters. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford launched the Plan with Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Milne at the State Control Centre in Melbourne ahead of the upcoming fire season. Developed in line […] Find out more

Feedback wanted – draft Victorian Animal Welfare action plan

19 October 2016
Local Laws
Feedback wanted – draft Victorian Animal Welfare action plan The Victorian Government is developing an animal welfare action plan titled “improving the welfare of animals in Victoria 2016-2021” Have your say! Follow the link to find out more. Submissions close 5pm 11 October 2016. https://animalwelfarevic.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au   […] Find out more

The Lost Dogs Home: $50 Cat Desexing

7 March 2016
Local Laws
Here at The Lost Dogs’ Home we believe that curbing the extraordinary number of kittens born each year will mean that fewer homeless and abandoned cats will end up in shelters like ours. There are many reasons why cats remain undesexed, and we don’t believe it’s because their owner doesnt care enough about their beloved […] Find out more

SA passes first jail sentence for repeated illegal dumping

23 February 2016
Latest News
A South Australian court has imposed a custodial sentence for the first time under the Environment Protection Act 1993. Gabriel Paul Ivanyi, of Adelaide suburb Devon Park, faced charges for repeatedly dumping building and construction waste over a two-year period on sites owned by SA Water, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Department of […] Find out more

Noise complaint legal battle costs City of Port Philip $130,000

23 February 2016
Latest News
The City of Port Phillip spent more than $130,000 on a botched attempt to prosecute a St Kilda landlord for a noise complaint. Mayor Bernadene Voss is claiming the prosecution is a victory for residents and ratepayers despite the council deciding to withdraw the criminal charges after waging an 18-month legal fight. “We deem it […] Find out more

Council forced to cart water to Woolomin community after 400-litre fuel spill

22 February 2016
Latest News
Residents of Woolomin near Tamworth in north-west New South Wales are being asked not to drink ground water because of fuel contamination. Tamworth Regional Council said the general store, which also provided a fuel service to the community, had recently discovered a leaking fuel tank which had compromised the local ground water. Click here to […] Find out more

2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm

1 February 2016
Latest News
Experts warn that global warming is tipping climate into ‘uncharted territory’, as Met Office, Nasa and Noaa data all confirm record global temperatures for second year running 2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world’s three principal temperature estimates. Data released […] Find out more

Sydney air pollution exceeds national standards, NSW Environmental Protection Authority report shows

5 January 2016
Latest News
Inner Sydney suburbs such as Rozelle and Earlwood have experienced spikes in air pollution during 2015, with levels soaring above new national standards. Analysis of data on pollution from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority reveals that average levels exceeded annual thresholds for  PM2.5 fine particulate matter in Liverpool, Chullora, Campbelltown West, Earlwood and Prospect. Rozelle, […] Find out more