Paws back on track after talks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil has gained vi­tal con­ces­sions from the state gov­ern­ment on Paws and Claws after talks be­tween both lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween se­nior staff of The Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines and the DSC, the coun­cil has been granted an ex­ten­sion to its dead­line to sub­mit a re­sponse to the pre­lim­i­nary de­ci­sion not to sup­port the Yule Point lo­ca­tion. The coun­cil was also given the in­for­ma­tion that in­formed the depart­ment’s de­ci­sion.

Be­cause the in­for­ma­tion was handed over, the coun­cil has with­drawn all of its Right To In­for­ma­tion re­quests.

DSC Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the meet­ing had been pos­i­tive, and the coun­cil was in a bet­ter po­si­tion to un­der­stand why the depart­ment had backed away from Yule Point at the 11th hour.

The in­for­ma­tion will now be used to form a re­but­tal to the depart­ment’s stance.

“Coun­cil main­tains that the pro­posed Yule Point lo­ca­tion re­mains the most suit­able lo­ca­tion for a new an­i­mal shel­ter for our com­mu­ni­ties and looks for­ward to work­ing co­op­er­a­tively with the Depart­ment to re­solve this is­sue early in the New Year,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Cr Leu, the coun­cil is con­fi­dent it can over­come the pre­lim­i­nary re­fusal. “After be­ing able to dis­cuss the is­sues in de­tail with the Depart­ment, and with the as­sis­tance of the Depart­ment in pro­vid­ing the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing map­ping and other fac­tors the Depart­ment re­lied on to form its pre­lim­i­nary view, Coun­cil is now con­fi­dent we can work to­gether to ad­dress th­ese is­sues for the ben­e­fit of our com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vide a suit­able lo­ca­tion for a new Paws and Claws an­i­mal shel­ter.”

The DSC has un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 to sub­mit a re­sponse.

Pic­ture: Scott Tib­balls

Paws sup­port­ers at the De­cem­ber rally.

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