No decision yet on pet lodge house
Baw Baw Shire Council is still to decide what to do with a house on the Longwarry North property that is now the location of the municipal animal pound.
The brick house, built more than 50 years ago, has been vacant since council bought the former Utopia Pet Lodge facility more than two years ago (August 2016).
The matter was raised again within council at a confidential “assembly of councillors” meeting several weeks ago and, according to the shire’s communications section, was referred back to officers to prepare a report on the next steps. Council paid $1.2 million for Utopia with the intention operating a new pound alongside the pet boarding lodge, revenues from which would offset the cost of running the pound.
However, the lodge ran at a loss and was closed 12 months later.
No details have been released about the value placed on the house when council acquired the property and mayor Joe Gauci in August admitted to The Gazette that he didn’t know its current condition.
Council has previously stated the house is not needed for its own purposes.