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November 14, 2017

Implementing 'lifetime' dog registrations has been suggested to City of Greater Shepparton.

Lifetime dog rego

- Julie Reed, Shepparton

A number of councils across Australia have opted for the $100 ‘lifetime’ animal registration and it is running successfully with many owners choosing the lifetime option.

Recently, I approached Greater Shepparton City Council, suggesting an added option of ‘lifetime dog registration’ in Shepparton.

Based on Western Australia dog registrations, Greater Shepparton City Council is double the fees.

A pension concession rate on a sterilised dog in Shepparton is full price compared to Western Australian figures.

Greater Shepparton City Council makes in-house decisions and it is disappointing the council is not open to suggestions of including ‘lifetime animal registration’, along with the choice of annual fees or alternatively reduce the current registration rate.

Greater Shepparton City Council goes straight for the jugular applying maximum fines/fees in all areas concerned.

Mayor Dinny Adem commented last week, ‘‘the council had recourse to reduce the penalty values with parking fines’’, then why not dog registrations?

As mentioned, lifelong dog registrations are working well in Western Australia.

Local councils have the opportunity to discuss ratepayers concerns, amending outdated guidelines.

No different to Greater Shepparton City Council changing the method of payment with residential rates this year.

Greater Shepparton City Council has the priorities all wrong or is it all about revenue raising?

Take a look at illegal dumping of rubbish and the cost to ratepayers.

Campaspe Shire, Rural City of Benalla and Rural City of Wangaratta provide annual tip vouchers.

Why not Greater Shepparton City Council?

This could help prevent the massive amount of illegal rubbish dumping around Shepparton.

Shepparton is an expensive place to live and the poor old ratepayer keeps footing the bill.

I ask the question ‘‘Why has the same company been allowed to continue with property valuations/rates for the past 40-plus years within Shepparton region?’’

Tad uncertain

- Maggie Turner-Miguel, Shepparton

In the lead up to council elections last year, Cr Les Orosvary quoted ‘‘we’re like-minded people ... keen to work together in a team-oriented approach’’.

A ‘‘united front’’ was the newspaper headline.

Cr Bruce Giovanetti said ‘‘Greater Shepparton has been hamstrung by a lack of unity within its councillors’’.

Now as the mayoral election approaches I feel a tad of uncertainty.

Cr Orosvary said it took his first tenure in council to learn. A second tenure would hopefully allow opportunity to be more proactive.

How does it work as Cr Kim O’Keeffe has barely warmed the seat and now feels the need to be more contributory as mayor?

Cr Seema Abdullah indicates her interest in deputy mayor, but similarly has barely had time to feel her way.

I could be wrong, but wonder if there is some disharmony in the camp.

Cr Giovanetti feels it is important for a familiar face in the mayoral role; Cr Patterson indicates support for Cr O’Keeffe.

Cr Sutton has been off the radar and Cr Fern Summer is being her usual coy self.

We have an extra two councillors in number, but I for one am unable to see the benefits.

Let’s hope it is a transparent election and whoever succeeds I do wish them the best of luck in their endeavours to work for the good of Greater Shepparton.

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