Paws back on track after talks
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Because the information was handed over, the council has withdrawn all of its Right To Information requests.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.
Paws supporters at the December rally.