New pound in the pipeline
Thursday, 28th April, 2016
By Erica Visser
Council will fund a new purpose-built pound after it was found the current site no longer fit regulations.
Local vet Dr Guillame “Tabby” Tabateau has the contract for the pound but, prompted by the expiry of its five-year lease, councillors last night voted to take back the running of the service.
A report on the matter remained confidential and Council refused to disclose cost estimates surrounding the proposed development and ongoing operation of a new facility.
“On a month-by-month basis Tabby will have that (contract) until we develop our own specifically-designed and purpose-built pound,” Mayor Wincen Cuy told local media last night.
“I think it’s a great thing for the community as well. We haven’t for a long, long period of time had a purpose-built facility that can actually look after the stray animals that come through.”
Mayor Cuy said it was hoped the new pound would offer a more “effective” service than what was currently being provided.
It was suggested the current facility, in Rakow Street, was deemed unfit as it was located in a residential area.
General Manager James Roncon said that neither a pound nor a veterinary clinic would be likely to be approved in the location under Council’s current planning instrument.
“There’s a lot of money that would need to be spent to bring the pound up to a current day condition,” Mr Roncon said.
“From a Council perspective it’s a responsible thing to do, to look at the planning situation and where a dog pound may be better located.”
Mayor Cuy said Council still needed to find the “best spot” for the facility, which he hoped would be built on existing Council-owned land.
“I’m not prepared to give a time frame at this point,” he said.
The site would then need to meet a string of regulations and construction would be subject to a Development Application (DA) process.