Bomb­shell for Paws and Claws: ‘You can’t have Yule Pt land’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FROM PAGE 1 of en­cour­age­ment and in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the De­part­ment, in­clud­ing its com­mis­sion­ing of a val­u­a­tion for pur­chase of the site by Coun­cil, it is com­pletely be­wil­der­ing to re­ceive this re­sponse which will be dev­as­tat­ing for the com­mu­nity.

“We’re talk­ing about a pro­posal for a fenced en­clo­sure and pur­pose-built ken­nels on a par­cel of land in a ru­ral lo­ca­tion.”

Ms Leu said coun­cil will re­quest a copy of the ad­vice which trig­gered the de­part­ment’s cur­rent po­si­tion and she has re­quested a meet­ing with the Min­is­ter to raise the shire’s con­cerns per­son­ally.

The news fol­lows a des­per­ate cou­ple of years for the an­i­mal shel­ter.

Sev­eral al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions sug­gested in the past two years met the stum­bling block of lo­cal com­mu­nity con­cerns.

Then, a few months ago, Paws and Claws had to shut down its ken­nel op­er­a­tions com­pletely on the Cook High­way site at Craiglie due to be­ing evicted as part of the sale process of the block, which it had in­hab­ited for more than 20 years.

Since then, an­i­mals have been “fos­tered out” to var­i­ous in­di­v­d­u­als in the area.

The re­jec­tion of the Yule Pt plan means the an­i­mal shel­ter, which en­joys enormous public sup­port, can ei­ther look around for a new site – un­likely since it has ex­hausted all known pos­si­bil­i­ties – or mount a fight to over­turn the de­ci­sion.

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