New Animal Impound Facility step closer

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah is one step closer to a new animal impound facility, after a Development Application was lodged for an extensive upgrade of the current facility.

A concept design has been prepared for the facility on Quia Road which includes shelter and exercise runs for 18 dogs, a dedicated cattery, office space, public reception area, veterinary treatment room and free range exercise yards.

Gunnedah Shire Council has already received part funding for the project, gaining $388,909 in Phase Two of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Council Director of Planning and Environmental Services Andrew Johns said completion of the project will support the welfare of impounded animals and create more opportunities for rehoming animals locally.

“Our pets truly are part of our families and we thank our Federal Member for his support of this exciting upgrade,” Mr Johns said.

“The existing facility is more than 20 years old and with Gunnedah Shire companion ownership rates rising steadily we frequently operate at or over capacity.

“The new facility will have increased capacity and a modern design, helping ensure lost pets are cared for in a comfortable, safe space that is compliant with current and foreseeable regulations and practices.

“This upgrade will also create new opportunities for Council’s Regulatory Services team to assist in micro-chipping animals, deliver responsible pet ownership programs and work with our rescue organisations to provide more options for local rehoming.”

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said it’s great to see Gunnedah Shire Council putting its LRCI funding to good use.

“The upgrade to the Gunnedah Impoundment Facility will not only provide a more comfortable place for animals in need to rehoming, but the construction will create employment for local builders and contractors which is especially important as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Coulton said.

“This is exactly the type of work the Federal Government is proud to support – creating local job opportunities, while delivering lasting benefits.”

Following the approval of the Development Application, Council will call for tenders and quotations for the final design and construction.

Caption: (from left to right) Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Council Compliance Officers Paul Zaicos and Toby Jaeger, Council Regulatory Services Coordinator Wade Berryman with Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

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