Residents are being invited have their say on whether animal circuses should be banned in the Douglas Shire or not.
The decision to consult with Douglas Shire residents on the issue was made at the Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday, 3 March.
Mayor Julia Leu said the decision was prompted by a petition presented to Council on 4 November 2014 which called on Council to ban all future animal circuses in the Douglas Shire on Council land.
“The online petition had 161 supporters however there were no contact details for the petitioner provided and it could not be determined how many of these supporters were Douglas Shire residents,” Mayor Leu said.
“Some people love taking their kids to the circus, other people are offended by exotic animals performing in circuses.
“We want residents to give us their feedback on the issue before making an informed decision.
“Regardless of the personal opinions held by myself and fellow Councillors, this is a question for the community and I urge anyone who has an opinion on the issue to have their say in the community engagement process.”
Residents have until 3 April 2015 to participate in the community engagement process and can do so via the Community Engagement page on Council’s website, by calling Council on 4099 9444, by visiting the Mossman Administration Building at 64-66 Front St or by mailing Douglas Shire Council, PO Box 723, Mossman 4873.