- Friday 22 January 2016
Construction of council’s new animal pound facility is now underway, with completion expected by October 2016.
The new facility will be located in Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha which is a central location in the region integral to servicing the domestic animal, livestock and poultry population.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the new Sippy Creek Animal Pound would have the ability to service the region’s growing pet population and animal management needs now and in to the future.
“The current pound has been servicing the Coast for more than 30 years and demand on the service has grown significantly over that time,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We have a commitment to safely house lost or abandoned animals and the new pound will enable us to do so in a way that is aligned with contemporary animal welfare obligations and guidelines.”
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the development would improve efficiencies by consolidating the existing small and large animal pound facilities.
“We currently have more than 38,000 dogs and 7,000 cats registered with council, and we expect this will increase along with our growing population,” Cr McKay said.
“The existing small animal compound is located in Tanawha, while the large animal compound is in North Landsborough.
“The new pound will bring these two services together and will include a cattery building with 32 individual cat enclosures, kennel building with 32 individual kennel modules, assessment facility for administering animal procedures, a large animal enclosure and central administration and reception building.
“The design and layout of the facility also allows for potential further expansion in conjunction with future population growth.”
The project is funded through council’s $183 million Capital Works Program as one of many operational, civil or recreational projects which council delivers to provide high quality services and facilities across the Sunshine Coast.