Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614


PO Box 90
Queanbeyan NSW 2620


Dear Sir/Madam

Draft Cat Containment Policy - Googong and Jumping Creek

Friends of Grasslands (FOG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FOG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FOG is based in Canberra with many members in surrounding NSW. Its members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

FOG does not have any specific comments on the draft cat containment policy but would like to support its adoption in principle. Roaming domestic cats are a common threat to our native species, particularly our reptiles and woodland birds of conservation concern. This is recognized under state and national legislation, e.g. predation by roaming domestic cats is identified as a threat for EPBC listed species.

In the Googong area there are a number of species listed as vulnerable that are potentially subject to predation by cats: Pink Tailed Worm Lizard, Rosenberg's Monitor, Hooded Robin, Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper and Speckled Warbler. As well, other rare species are present in the area. It is essential that a significant threat to these species, cat predation, be removed as far as possible if we are to retain them into the future.

Yours sincerely


Geoff Robertson

28 February 2021