THE contentious 428-lot Thurgoona Park North sub-division is expected to be the next estate the subject of a cat containment policy.
The estate plan, which attracted a packed house to a recent Albury Council community forum, could be presented for approval at council's next meeting.
Peter Bowen Homes is proposing 428 lots be created between Table Top Road and Kerr Road with the area a known habitat for Squirrel Gliders, who have a threatened species listing.
The Sloane’s Froglet also inhabits the area and is also at risk of attack by cats and foxes.
Thurgoona Community Action Group’s Bridget O’Connor welcomed the cat control measure.
But she hoped it could be implemented retrospectively across existing Thurgoona estates to be totally effective.
“One can put a condition on a development application, but it needs to be carried through,” she said.
“If the community continues to want to have a variety of birdlife and other fauna in environmental lands then it's a policy that needs to be taken very seriously.
“We know how far cats roam in the landscape and applying it to one area is a good start, but it needs to be backed up.”
Meanwhile, council has confirmed there are three housing estates in Albury where cats are prohibited including one in Thurgoona – Kerford Rise.
It was a developer-led initiative in response to the presence of the Speckled Warbler bird which also has threatened species listing.
The two other estates, Himalaya and Claremont, are at Table Top and formerly in the old Hume Shire.
The bans were put in place to protect the Turquoise Parrot.
Meanwhile, 700 trees are earmarked for removal to allow for construction of the 47 Table Top Road estate.
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