MidCoast Council has adopted its new barking dog (animal noise) policy.
The draft policy was on public exhibition during April and received two submissions.
Issues raised in the submissions didn't warrant amendment to the draft policy at the time.
Following a lengthy discussion at the June monthly ordinary council meeting, it was determined a slight change had to be made.
A point of the policy content in reference to council's encouragement of private parties to consider all available options to resolve concerns in relation to a barking complaint was promoted to the policy statement section.
The statement says council recognises animal noise can be a source of significant stress for the community.
The intent is residents with an animal noise grievance will take steps to resolve the issue directly before resorting to council-led intervention.
People directly involved with the complaint, including the owner of the dog, should keep a diary to document evidence of time, duration and frequency of barking.
This should be done for a minimum of two weeks.
The policy will be reviewed again in two years.
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