Monthly Archives: April 2015

Most vote for cat curfew

THE locals have spoken and 80% of those who responded to the online cat poll have voted either for a complete curfew or for a dawn to dusk cat curfew in Warrandyte.

More than 1000 people had voted on the Warrandyte Community Association website when the poll closed at the end of March.

Final figures were 46% voted for a complete curfew, 34% for a dawn to dusk curfew and 20% voted for no curfew.

The Yes/No poll asked the question: Should there be a cat curfew ‘at all times’ or ‘from dawn to dusk’? It also included an option to comment.

Nillumbik Shire Council has an order under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which requires cat owners to keep their pets securely confined between the curfew times of 7.30pm and 6am.

Although there is no curfew in place in Manningham, council strongly recommends cats be confined to owners properties.

WCA president Dick Davies said the response to the survey had been very high.

“Obviously the majority would prefer a curfew. But it’s important to note that this is not a vote against cats but a vote for responsible cat ownership,” Mr Davies said.

“Comments both for and against a curfew were mostly very reasonable. It’s heartening that Warrandyte can engage in a sensible level of debate about a sensitive topic as many people rely heavily on companion animals.”

The WCA’s Carole Lush, who has been actively involved with the poll says it’s obvious a review, update and implementation of a cat curfew is required.

“I am personally in favour of a 24-hour curfew, and 47 percent of the voters agreed with me,” Mrs Lush said.

“I believe that people who choose not to become cat owners have the right to keep neighbourhood cats out of their property during daylight hours. l frequently see at least two neighbourhood cats on our property and in the Manningham Council Reserve behind our land.

“I have planted a native garden for birds and wildlife and don’t want cats in my garden.”

The poll received national coverage in the Herald Sun and on Channel Ten’s Studio 10 morning show.

Research has shown that wandering cats are a major threat to wildlife.

Mr Davies said that WCA would be discussing the results with both councils. Nillumbik has indicated that it would take a “substantial poll” for councillors to raise the dawn to dusk curfew to a complete 24-hour curfew.

Five For Friday – what’s on in Warrandyte

The weekend’s here and that means it’s Five For Friday time for all that’s happening in Warrandyte ….

1. Local footy is back, junior and senior. The Bloods senior football club is off to Glen Waverley Hawks territory tomorrow while the Bloods juniors are at home and everywhere else on Sunday. Park Orchards takes on Ringwood at Domeney Reserve for their first taste of Divvy 3 action and the Donvale lads are back taking on Nunawading in Division 4 at home tomorrow.

2. Tomorrow’s forecast in Warrandyte? 23 and sunny. A river walk perhaps? Check out this awesome photo (above) by Bill McAuley. Coffee outdoors at one of our fabo coffee shops? Maybe a sausage at Quinton’s IGA?

3. Threezacrowd will be rockin’ up a storm at the Grand Hotel tonight.

4. Blatant plug for a loyal advertiser: TV problems, want to set up your DVD, digital television etc? Tom Kerkhof Television is the answer. Call him on 0408 175 274.

5. The April edition of the Diary is out on Tuesday.

Five For Friday (Easter)

What’s happening in Warrandyte? Here’s our weekly Five for Friday.

1. Happy Easter everyone! don’t forget to nab your last minute Easter Eggs from Warrandyte Lollies & Treats, Cocoa Moon and Quinton’s IGA. Or any other local shop stocking the chocky eggs. Shop local!

2. Warrandyte Community Market is on Saturday April 4. All sorts of clothes, crafts, homemade cakes and jams, flowers and plants, and glorious food from Phil’s Burgers to Harry Hoo’s dim sims, the poffertjes ladies and more.

3. The footy is back! Well, the big stuff, anyway. Who’s it going to be? The Hawks again? The Swans? Or a suprise packet this year – maybe the Tigers, Kangas, Pies, Doggies, Cats or Blues? No better time to chomp on those Easter Eggs than Easter Sunday and Monday while watching the footy on TV.

4. Blatant plug for a loyal Diary advertiser – Concrete Booking Agency, concrete where and when you need it! Give the lads a call on 1300 266 278

5. Gown & Posy Fashion Parade on Thursday April 9 upstairs at The Grand Hotel in Warrandyte. All ticket sales will go to all Warrandyte fire stations excluding booking fee. Lots of fantastic raffle prizes, all money from the raffle will also go to the CFA. Say a big thank you and lets show them that we care by attending the fashion parade for a fun Girls Night Out! All tickets are $30 Buy your tickets online at: http://trybooking.com/HTDF