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By Elisa Rose
A well known local animal rescuer has
welcomed the Adelaide Hills Council’s
cat confinement laws and is calling on
other councils to follow suit after saving a
record-breaking number of injured ringtail
possums this season.
Each spring, Bev Langley, the founder of
Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre in Cherry
Gardens, helps to rescue about eight injured
ringtail possums brought to the farm by the
But this year that number has already almost
doubled to 15 – the highest number Mrs
Langley has received at a single time since the
farm opened more than 20 years ago.
She’s unsure why the numbers of injured
possums brought to the farm have increased,
but at least some of them have been injured
by cats and she believes that domestic cat
confinement could be the key to dramatically
reducing native animal casualties.
Each year about 500 native animals – from
ringtail possums to blue tongue lizards and
honeyeaters – turn up at Minton Farm in need
of care for a variety of reasons ranging from
loss of habitat, electric shock from powerlines
and accidents involving cars.
But Mrs Langley said that cats – and mostly
domestic cats – were the greatest perpetrators,
accounting for about 50% of the casualties
taken in by the farm.
“(About 50% of animals here have been)
impacted by cats – and domestic cats – not one
single feral cat,” she said.
“Domestic cats that people own – their own
cats – bring the animals to them.”
Small wounds inflicted on native animals by
cats can lead to deadly infections, Mrs Langley
said, which became a significant threat if they
were not treated with antibiotics within hours
of the injury.
“When they do die from infection it takes three
days – so it’s a bit like meningitis and then they
get paralysis and then they get the shakes and
then their organs shut down and it takes three
days of living hell to die – so it’s not like they
die instantly,” she said.
“Pussy lets it go, not to live happily ever after,
but to have a horrible death.
“... I think if people could see what the cats
have done, they’d understand that it’s not good
enough – it shouldn’t be allowed.”
In July the Adelaide Hills Council introduced
a new by-law that will force cat owners to keep
their pets confined to their properties at all
times by 2022.
Mrs Langley described that move as
“visionary” and said she believed that if other
councils did the same, the number of native
animals she treated would at least halve.
“I’m hoping that in 10 years there’ll be no
cats out – the stray dogs have all disappeared
because the law has changed from 40–50 years
ago,” she said.
“So I’m hoping that will be the same impact
once one of (the councils) starts, then the
other ones follow, then over the years it will
be unheard of to have cats outside weeing on
people’s verandahs and spraying on their doors
and fighting in their yards and bringing in all
The Mt Barker Council is also considering
tighter cat controls, including a cat curfew,
which Mrs Langley said would “help” the
matter, but was a “bandaid” solution.
“The cats still catch things in the daytime,”
Minton Farm Animal
founder Bev Langley
is hoping more
cat confinement laws
after rescuing a record
number of ringtail
possums this spring.
goes on market
The owner of a Strathalbyn shopping
centre has abandoned plans for a $4.5m
expansion, instead putting it up for sale
and announcing its closure later this year.
Malcolm Montgomery, owner of the
Strathalbyn IGA centre, has announced that
the supermarket will close on November 30 as
part of a mutual agreement with IGA owner
The decision comes months after Mr
Montgomery announced plans that would have
seen the centre double in size and provide
around 10 new jobs on top of existing staff.
The closure will leave the town with a single
Mr Montgomery said the decision to sell was
“a hard one”, but that the timing was right
for his family. He added that he believed the
closure of the centre would allow a new buyer
to begin renovations immediately.
“The centre has development approval, so
whoever buys it will be able to undertake
renovations,” he said. “That was the plan ...
I would expect that the renovation and/or
expansion would begin immediately.”
Property agents have been appointed to sell
the centre which would be open to expressions
of interest, Mr Montgomery said.
Other businesses in the centre had been
informed of the sale and were operating their
businesses as usual, Mr Montgomery said.
Mr Minervini said it would be “business as
usual” until the supermarket closed.
A driver was arrested after
a run-in with police that
involved an officer being hit
by a vehicle and a pursuit on
the freeway last week.
The incident began when police
pulled over a 19-year-old Oakden
man in relation to speeding on
October 1 after he was detected
driving at 128km/h in a 110km/h
zone near Mt Barker.
While police were speaking
with the man, he drove off and
his vehicle made contact with an
officer who was not injured.
Police pulled him over again
further along the freeway, where
he was arrested for acts to
Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre will be
the place to grab a bargain for a good cause on
The centre will hold a garage sale between
9am–4pm to raise money for a project that
will help rehabilitate birds of prey that are
brought to the farm after an injury.
“Last year we got an astronomical amount
of barn owls, this year it’s boobook owls and
every year we get dozens and dozens of
tawny frogmouths,” Minton Farm founder
Bev Langley said. To help them regain their
strength in a safe environment, the farm is
building a $48,000 round flight cage that
allows them to fly in circles, rather than in
short straight lines as the current rectangular
“The aviary is a circular aviary with a centre
pavilion so they can’t go up and back,” she
“They have lots and lots of wing beats and no
end in sight so they get so much more exercise
and a higher fitness level, quicker to be able to
release them back into the environment.”
The garage sale will offer a range of goods
from ponds and birdcages to clothing, books
and toys, with a sausage sizzle, raffles and
baked goods also on offer.
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