University of Queensland council survey is the cat’s whiskers

A University of Queensland research survey aimed at getting a clearer picture of the extent of local government action on cats has been extended.

A better understanding of cat management strategies in place nationally – and issues and challenges arising – will provide valuable context for a more holistic approach to managing pet cats and feral cats for better conservation outcomes.

The survey has been created to reflect jurisdictional differences, with responses sought for the ACT, External Territories, NSW, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia.

Once the researchers collate all the data, they will produce summaries of the responses in a report and provide this to all local governments.

To encourage take-up, and show their appreciation for local government’s input, the research team is offering survey participants the chance go into a draw to win a $200 Paddy Pallin voucher and a copy of the book Cats in Australia: Companion and Killer.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and closes on 25 May.