No de­ci­sion yet on pet lodge house

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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