Mornington Council; pound information is "... not in the public interest"

June 14, 2017

Front page, The Mornington News – 13 June 2017

A Mornington animal advocacy group has been quoted $1,200 to access information on on the operations of their local council pound;

The group has been quoted $1108 for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s FoI officer to answer six detailed questions about the community animal shelter, in Watt Rd, Mornington.

The shire wants half of the cost ($554) before starting a search for the information.

(FoI bill stuns animal advocates - Mornington News – 13 June 2017

What information are they asking for?

The FoI request seeks details about
animals held at the shelter over the 12 months to January;
vets bills for euthanising animals;
where pets have been rehoused;
how many cats and dogs are registered with the shire;
the fate of 54 cats unaccounted for;
and the shelter’s budget.

(highlighting mine)

NSW resident Judith Anne Carter made the FoI request for Rosy Fischer, of Mornington, who is campaigning for a no-kill policy at the animal shelter.

“We have requested information regarding the community animal shelter at Mornington and they want to charge us over $1100 for information they say is not in the public interest,” Ms Fischer said.

“I think it is an absolute disgrace that we have to do it to find out something that should be freely available to the public.

“As a ratepayer, I want to know what has happened to animals at this pound and I am very dubious re the statistics.

“I also tried to find out things like the budget for the pound, but it was listed with another division within the environment protection department, so therefore I couldn’t tell what the budget was for the shelter alone.”

The shire’s Freedom of Information officer estimated it would take 40-53 hours to research answers for the group.

The group was told... in a letter that “the documents being sought are not in the public interest …” and that access charges were applicable.
“Specific details of the requested documents … with respect to requesting impound numbers is not seen to be in line with general public interest as this information would be irrelevant … to the general public.”

Please - if you're a reader of this blog you should know how important it is to show solidarity and support to those people advocating for pets at a local level in the community. If you can, please gift them a few bucks at the link below, so they can meet this ridiculous council-set target.

If everyone who follows this page chipped in $10 - we'd have the money to give them the resources they need to stand up for the animals at what is arguably one of the worst performing pounds in Australia.

Do it and feel good knowing you're helping pets who genuinely have no voice right now. They need our support.

Link - Save The Mornington Shelter Animals Go Fund Me Page

Gates and warning signs at Mornington Pound

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