Is Buying A Pet Constitutes To Commencing A Development?

By P Chong                                                                 Thursday, 21 January 2010

Shetland Pony

Have you ever heard of the ridiculous formality of having to apply to the Shire of Kalamunda, Western Australia, for the approval of keeping a family pet? As though that itself is not laughable, you are required to pay them a whopping processing fee of $132.00!

Our Grandsons

For the sake of our two grandsons, I was prepared to overlook the ridiculous formality but not the $132.00 which I didn’t know about! Happily, I tried to fulfil the requirements:

  • I went round our neighbourhood getting supporting/consent signatures.
  • Filled up the application form which reads: APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO COMMENCE DEVELOPMENT.

    Now, doesn’t that sound crazy as though I am about to start a pony business in our backyard? I am only buying a pet Shetland pony for our grandsons. The size of this pony is between a miniature one & the normal pony . . . just a size larger than the German Shepherd or a Great Dane.

  • Three copies of our property’s location & site plan to be included.
  • A Stock Management Plan is even required!
  • No processing fee of $132.00 was mentioned or printed in the application form. I wouldn’t have gone to the Shire office today to submit my application form had I known of this or was even told about it!

Let’s hope & pray that this not reality but only a nightmare that I found myself in. Not sure if the Kalamunda community, or any other community, is aware of this nightmare.

After all, we have the space & area for the Shetland pony. Our backyard is in excess of 1500 M2 of empty grassy space and we also have the shed for its accommodation.

I have also seen the neighbours and they all have no objection whatsoever in our keeping one Shetland pony as a pet for our grandsons.

But why should Kalamunda Shire be so unreasonable?

Is buying a Shetland pony (gelding) as a pet tantamount to a business development?

Does the amount of $132 mean that the Shire is supplying me with the pony?

If you have any suggestion or comment, please have your say or email me:

Thank You.

What Is Life?

What Is Life?


Be prepared for that great skyway

Before life slips by in the freeway.

Ever stopped to think about not getting up the next morning after going to bed the night before?We may dream or even have nightmares whilst we sleep, but everything is vaguely remembered upon waking. I have known of people who never wake up at all – peacefully gone to be with our Heavenly Father. To think of it, this unconscious action is never within our control. So it is with our lives – like a breath it could just as easily be blown off and in its place a stiff body is all that remains.

As a further reminder of the words from the Psalms, in Psalm 144:4 it is further said: “Man is like a breath; his days are like fleeting shadow.” Like it or detest it, the Holy Book is constantly reminding us how fragile our life is. Right to the end of the Bible, just a few chapters before its end, James 4:14 has this to say:

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.

What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little

while and then vanishes.”

Admittedly, we are nothing – a breath, a mist that comes and goes just as quickly as it appears. We have a life that counts for nothing. It’s futile for anyone to fail to realise the vanity of it all. King Solomon, richly endowed with wisdom and riches by God, surrounded by countless wives and concubines, even attested to this fact in all his writings as in Ecclesiastes. In our lifetime too, we have seen the tall and mighty fall, the rich and famous dead and gone. No matter how great, nobody lasts forever. Nothing is ever permanent. We are like ships that pass in the night . . . sailing in the vast ocean like going nowhere.

Shouldn’t we stop to think and ponder as we live from day to day, month to month, year to year, for life is nowhere far but near! We should grow and draw near to our Heavenly Father, for ultimately that’s where our destiny lies.

Let’s live each day in fear of the Lord. Live each day as though it’s our last. At day’s end, the shortest distance between us and God is dropping unto our knees and thank God for the blessings of the day, and then asking for His mercy and grace for the next.

“Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the summer of my days;

let me know how fleeting is my life.

You have made my days a mere handbreadth;

The span of my years is as nothing before you.

Each man’s life is but a breath.”- Psalm 39: 4-5

Paul Chong