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In the last nine months, residents have report 90 dog attacks to Moree Plains Shire Council.


Director of Planning and Community Services Angus Witherby said take a drive or go for a walk, day or night, and you will come across the Moree Plains’ increasing population of roaming dogs, whether they are strays or left free to wander by their owners.


“Parents have expressed concerns about their kids being able to walk or ride safely; there are problems with dog droppings in front yards and on the nature strips; and there are many instances of dogs getting into fights, chasing stock or mauling other animals; and regrettably, people are also being bitten resulting in serious injuries.”


“No wonder, residents have taken to walking with sticks in hand, in case they must fend off a menacing dog!” said Mr Witherby.


Council is asking the community to help work on the wandering dog problem.


Firstly, animals need to be identified, de-sexed and registered.


Council received a grant to run a campaign to help with the community’s costs of de-sexing and micro-chipping dogs and cats, which then reduces the cost of the lifetime registration. To obtain a voucher, please contact us on (02) 6757 3222; Council have limited vouchers available and the offer will end on 30 June 2017.


Another initiative that will begin in Greenbah, and then rolled out to other areas in Moree and towns and villages across the Shire, is a series of property-to-property inspections by Council’s Compliance Officers. By knocking on doors, Rangers can educate dog owners and check animals have been micro-chipped and registered. They can also check if there are dangerous or menacing dogs in the yard and that they are secured appropriately.


Before we knock on your door, take the opportunity to get your animals micro-chipped and registered before the blitz begins—otherwise a fine of $275 per animal is applicable.


The lifetime registration fee for de-sexed dogs or cats is $22 for pensioners and $53 for non-card holders.





Ludeny Wiid from Moree Christian School and Mackenzie Barben from Moree Public School have created the winning art works for the Moree Plains Shire Council and Cleanaway’s the mechanics of organics, superheros of compost waste truck art competition.


Moree Plains Shire Council’s Water and Waste Manager, David Wolfenden explained the competition was a fantastic opportunity to work with schools and young people in the community to improve their understanding of how our organics composting system works and promote better recycling practices.


“Council and Cleanaway introduced the organic kerbside collection service to Moree in 2013, and the art competition is one of the initiatives we are using so the next generation understands the importance of organic waste and considers what goes into the household organics ‘green lid’ bin and how the general waste in their ‘red lid’ bin could be reduced,” said Mr Wolfenden.


Waste Art Truck design - Ludeny WiidJade Maric, Area Manager for Cleanaway explained organics is such an easy way for households to divert more waste away from landfills, while producing nutrient-rich compost for local gardens.


“This competition has been a great initiative for educating the community about organic waste and giving families more ways to help make a sustainable future possible,” said Ms Maric.


“We’re pleased to announce the winner of the art competition is Ludeny Wiid from the Moree Christian School. She created a vibrant and creative piece representing all the different types of organic waste that could be recycled. You can’t see it, but even the orange is fluorescent! We will feature Ludeny’s artwork proudly on the side of one of our council waste trucks. She will also receive a $150 gift card,” said Ms Maric.


The competition runner-up is Mackenzie Barben, from Moree Public School, for the great use of digital drawing. She will receive a $50 gift card.Waste Art Truck design - Mackenzie BarbenThe 22 incredible art submissions received from students of all ages, from Kindergarten to Year 12 are displayed in the showcase windows on the ground floor of the Max Arcade at the Heber Street entrance.







(Left) Moree Christian School student Ludeny Wiid artwork has been chosen to feature proudly on the side of one of Council’s waste trucks.


(Right) Moree Public School student Mackenzie Barben was the runner-up in the Moree Plains Shire Council and Cleanaway’s the mechanics of organics, superheros of compost waste truck art competition.












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