Omaui cat ban on the agenda at local meeting

A proposal to make a Southland village cat-free is among the issues to be discussed at a hearing on the region's pest management plan today.

More than 127 submissions were received when the proposed Southland Regional Pest Plan was put out for consultation last year.

The plan outlines how the Southland Regional Council will oversee the management of biosecurity over the next decade.

Plans to neuter cats and ban the replacement of any cats that die in Omaui has drawn criticism from some residents.

Additional hearing dates are scheduled for 18 and 19 February.

The hearing panel will hear submissions before recommending a final version of the plan to the council for approval.