The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is holding the opening public hearings this week for its inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia.  

Committee Chair Mr Ted O’Brien MP said that “the Committee looks forward to hearing about how governments, scientists and community groups across Australia understand and manage the impact that cats have on native species and the environment.”  

On Wednesday, Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box, along with other representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will appear before the Committee to discuss Australia’s framework for managing predation by feral cats on native wildlife and habitats.

The hearing will also consider the role of the Australian Government in bringing together key stakeholders across the nation to manage the impact of feral and domestic cats.

On Friday, the Committee’s second public hearing will hear from a range of groups about approaches to the problem including innovation, science and natural resource management. Detailed programs for both public hearings are available on the Committee’s website.

For the information of those wishing to listen to the public hearings, proceedings will be available on the Parliament’s website at Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, committee hearings are not presently open for physical attendance by members of the public.

Public hearing details 

Date: Wednesday 26 August 2020
Time: 10.15 am to 11.00 am
Location: Via teleconference

Date: Friday 28 August 2020
Time: 9.00 am to 2.30 pm
Location: Via teleconference

For background information: 
House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy
(02) 6277 4580

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