Animal Control

Animal Control
Responsible dog owner

Being a responsible dog owner

  • Choose the right dog and treat them well
  • Ensure your dog has adequate exercise
  • Consider the health benefits for your dog of neutering at an early age
  • Register and microchip your dog
  • Teach your dog basic obedience (keep your dog under control at all times)
  • Know the dog exercise (on-leash) areas within the Shire
  • Be particularly vigilant near children and closely supervise interaction
  • Know when your dog will ignore commands
    • Always carry a leash, put dog on-leash, shorten leash, or avoid the area altogether (even if in an off-leash or designated dog exercise area)
  • Respect other people’s personal space. Public places are for everyone’s enjoyment and not everyone is fond of dogs
  • Ensure your dog cannot leave your property by itself
  • Pick up your dog's waste! Carry bags with you for this purpose
Dog Info
Dogs in public places

Dogs must be kept on a leash in all public places, except dog exercise areas

Dog Exercise Areas

  • In a dog exercise area dog/s must be accompanied by a person who is capable of controlling the dog/s at all times
  • A leash is to be carried by that person for the purpose of controlling the dog/s if the need arises
  • Dog waste must be picked up and appropriately disposed of
  • Council provides pooch pouches and bins at various locations, please carry bags with you
Barking / public nuisance

Why do dogs bark?

It is important to try and determine why your dog is barking

Check to see if your dog:

  • Has access to clean fresh water and adequate shelter
  • Has daily exercise and is not sick or injured
  • Is provided with bones or other chewing treats
  • Read the barking / nuisance dog fact sheet below for more information

Public nuisance 

It is the owner's responsbility to ensure that their dog is not causing a public nuisance. Should this occur, you could be liable for an on-the-spot fine of $200.

Barking / nuisance dog fact sheet Complaint form

Lost dogs

If your dog wanders from home, it may be picked up by the Shire Ranger and taken to the pound.

To check if your pet has been impounded:

  • Call the Shire Ranger on 0427 110 237
  • check the Shire of Irwin Facebook page 
Dog attacks

Thousands of dog attacks are reported throughout the State every year. Some result in horrific injuries and trauma.

A dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or other animal, the matter will be investigated.

There are very substantial penalties for a dog attack or inciting a dog attack.

Dangerous dogs - declared and restricted breeds

The Dog Act 1976 has recently been amended to strengthen the provisions around dangerous dogs.

See the following Government of Western Australia - Fact sheets

Dangerous Dogs (Declared) Dangerous Dogs (Restricted)

Dog exercise areas

Dog exercise areas

  • In a dog exercise area, dog/s must be accompanied by a person who is capable of controlling the dog/s at all times
  • A leash is to be carried for the purpose of controlling the dog/s if the need arises
  • Dog waste must be picked up and appropriately disposed of
  • Council provides pooch pouches and bins at all of its designated dog exercise areas
  • Click the maps below to zoom for designated dog exercise areas in the Shire of Irwin  


Exercise areas

Locations of dog exercise areas

The following areas have been declared as dog exercise areas, with the exception of land that has been set aside as:

  • a playground,
  • a car park, or
  • an area being used for sporting or other activities, as permitted by the local government, during the time of such use.

The beach area -

  • Extending north from the Surf Beach car park - being within Reserves 41087 and 41088 (with the exception of the area located between the Irwin River Estuary boardwalk beach access and Seaspray Beach carpark, where indicated by a sign)
  • The beach area north of the South Beach car park and south of the ‘Obelisk’ located within Reserve 42150 (refer to Map B)
  • The beach area known as South Beach located on Reserve 42150, commencing 200m south of the beach access track (refer to Map B)

The Town Oval, being Lot 82, location 9518 and Reserve 211191

Prohibited areas
  • Where so indicated by a sign;
  • In a public building;
  • All premises or vehicles classified as food premises or food vehicles under the Food Act 2008;
  • The beach area known as Grannies Beach located on Reserve 41087 between the Marina and the caravan park seawalls (refer to Map A).
  • The Recreation Centre sporting oval surface
Assistance dogs

People with assistance dogs trained by accredited organisations are automatically granted public access rights under the Dog Act 1976 regulations. Public access rights for other assistance dogs may be granted on application to the department. The applicant must be able to demonstrate that there is a need for an assistance dog and that the dog meets the specified training criteria.

Please contact the Shire’s Administration Centre on 9927 0000 for any enquiries

Responsible cat owner

Being a responsible cat owner:

  • Owing a cat is a committment, treat them well and be responsible for their care
  • Ensure your cat has a cosy sleeping area with food, water and a litter tray
  • Register your cat with your Local Council (ensure details remain current)
  • Microchip your cat (ensure details remain current)
  • Sterilise your cat
  • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable by wearing a collar with name tag and current registration tag
  • Vaccinate your cat
  • Keep your cat confined to your property, particularly at night
Cat Info
Domestic cats and native wildlife

Cats by nature are instinctive hunters and love to catch and kill wildlife, including birds and lizards. 

It is the responsiblity of the owner of domestic's cats to ensure they are contained and not left to roam freely.  Especially at night and when you live in area's surrounded by native bushland, domestic cats roam much futher than owners think.

For more information see Wildlife Rescue website below

Domestic pets and wildlife

Abandoned cats / found a stray cat?

Thousands of cat's are abandoned each year.  Consider adopting a cat before buying.

If you have found/caught a stray cat please call the Shire Community Ranger.

Feral Cats

Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats, but survive in the wild without human reliance or contact. They are a declared species under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).

Control of feral cats must be humane and undertaken in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

For further information see Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Corella Control

Corella Control Program

Shire staff identify key areas to deploy the handheld deterrent which fires a pyrotechnic cartridge approximately 20 to 90 metres into the air, close to where the corellas are roosting. Three different cartridges are used; one to un-roost the birds and two that emit different high-pitched sounds in order to relocate the birds.

All control measures will comply with the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, Wildlife Conservation Regulations 1970 and any notices in force under this legislation. 

Register to be notified by SMS 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the deployment of the pyrotechnic cartridges.

Registration Form

Contact Information

Contact Info

To contact the Community Ranger, please call  0427 110 237 or  or alternatively please  call reception on  9927 0000