The Palaszczuk Government has delivered $845,000 for an upgrade of the Mount Isa Animal Management Facility.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath visited the recently upgraded facility on a visit to Mount Isa today ahead of its official opening in February.
Mrs D’Ath said the upgrade was delivered under the Palaszczuk Government’s enormously successful $600 million Works for Queensland program.
“Works for Queensland is generating jobs and investment in Mount Isa and the North West and supporting the local economy,” she said.
“It’s delivering improved infrastructure in Mount Isa like this much-needed upgrade of the city’s Animal Management Facility.
“This is yet another sign of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to Mount Isa and the North West and to investing in services and facilities locals want.
“I want to congratulate Mayor Joyce McCulloch for delivering this improved infrastructure, which will be able to offer more humane care to lost and abandoned pets.”
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said she was very pleased with the end result, and the upgraded and refreshed facility will better serve the needs of the community for many years to come.
“The upgrade project really brought this facility into the 21st Century and it looks fantastic,” Cr McCulloch said.
“It was important to us that the facility was modernised and improved to a high standard and met community expectations, and I believe this upgrade has achieved that objective.
“I’m confident the Animal Management Facility’s customers will be impressed with the new, larger administration building and all of the new amenities that the facility now features.”
The upgrade includes the construction of a new administration building, animal-treatment clinic, dog exercise yard, stock-holding area and receiving bay, the installation of new fencing and automatic gates, landscaping, and the sealing of the new carpark and driveways.
Extensions have been built to many of the dog pens, which will assist staff members with cleaning as well as increasing floor space for the dogs.
A water-misting system installed in the cat-holding area to keep them cooler during the hotter months will also soon be installed in the dog-holding area.
Mrs D’Ath said the $600 million Works for Queensland program has supported Mount Isa Council with more than $8,900,000 to create or support over 200 jobs over its first two rounds.
Council estimates a further 133 jobs will be created in the third round of Works for Queensland (2019-21).