Gold Coast seniors can cross off having to pay a registration fee for their pup every year, with Mayor Tom Tate today announcing free dog registration for pensioners.
Mayor Tate said the annual dog registration fee has been a concern for a number of seniors.
“My annual City Budget survey is underway and I’ve heard from many seniors that their annual dog registration fee is an issue they’d like to have reconsidered from 2018-19,’’ he said.
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“Today, I announce an end to dog registration fees for seniors, from the next financial year onwards.
“Our seniors deserve some financial assistance and I’m sure all Councillors will join me in formalising this arrangement during the upcoming 2018-19 budget discussions.’’
It’s understood the initiative will cost the annual City budget around $225,000 with 10,256 dogs registered across the city to owners that hold a pensioner concession card.
A typical dog registration is $29.50 annually per pet* (*Applies to Senior Card Holders and Disability Card holders).