Paws shock: no land!
THE State government has dropped a bombshell on Douglas Shire by rejecting the council’s bid for vacant land at Yule Point for a new home for animal shelter Paws and Claws, which is currently homeless.
Mayor Julia Leu spoke angrily about the news and intends to lead the council and community in a push to overturn the decision by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Council officers have been working with the department for 12 months to purchase the parcel of land at Yule Point for Paws and Claws and the news has come as a complete shock.
The department rejected the DSC’s acquisition of the land on environmental grounds, citing among other things the area’s alleged importance for the Southern Cassowary.
Mayor Leu, a passionate supporter of the environment and the Ambassador for World Cassowary Day 2016, said this assessment defied logic and undermined the community’s confidence in government.
She said such an assessment may even “threaten future development in Far North Queensland”.
The decision “undermines community confidence in government, defies logic and is out of touch with community expectations.
“After more than 12 months