Thank you for providing your feedback regarding the cats living on the Stockton breakwall. We want to assure you that we take the matter seriously and advise you that all animal control activities on the breakwall have been suspended.
The outcome of this activity has been distressing to Port of Newcastle, our staff and the community. Elements of the activity did not meet our expectations nor align with our values as an organisation.
Accordingly, PON engaged an expert to urgently look for any other injured animals and get them assessed. The Port has committed to covering the cost of the veterinary bills of the injured cats taken to Mayfield Veterinary Hospital. The Port has launched an investigation and is engaging external experts to examine all aspects of the activity.
Port of Newcastle engaged a licenced and experienced external contractor to help control feral cats on the breakwall to reduce risks to the community, native fauna and the environment. The contractor conducted the animal control activity on 17 December 2020. It was a requirement of Port of Newcastle that any activity occur safely, humanely, professionally and in strict accordance with the law.
All animal control activity remains suspended while the investigation is underway.
We will keep the Stockton community updated. Port of Newcastle has been in touch with Lifeline who is best placed to support those impacted by this event. If you need immediate assistance and support, please contact Lifeline directly on 13 11 14. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Alternatively, Lifeline Text is available by texting 0477 13 11 14 from 6pm to 12am.
Thank you again for your feedback and patience as we investigate this incident. To register your details and provide feedback, please fill out the form below.