Ap­peal lodged over new shel­ter ap­proval

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Pete Martinelli

A LE­GAL stoush over a pro­posed Port Dou­glas an­i­mal shel­ter is in the off­ing after an ap­peal was filed in the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court this week.

Home­less An­i­mal So­ci­ety and Board­ing Ken­nels pres­i­dent Michael Kerr said he was “an­gry and dis­heart­ened” that the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil ap­proval for the Craiglie Paws and Claws shel­ter has been chal­lenged.

The ap­pel­lants are five men who work in the Team­sters Close in­dus­trial park where the Port Dou­glas tourism and ma­rine in­dus­tries.

Mr Kerr said plans for the shel­ter were over engi­neered to sat­isfy con­cerns.

“I don’t have any doubt we will pre­vail,” he said.

“Coun­cil has con­di­tioned it to cover all the is­sues, they have done their due dili­gence.”

A Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil spokesman said it would “re­view the ap­peal no­tice and con­sider its po­si­tion.”

We have 10 days to re­spond and we have in­structed a bar­ris­ter so we can move as fast as pos­si­ble. We have seen so much sup­port, peo­ple are hor­ri­fied MICHAEL KERR , Home­less An­i­mal So­ci­ety and Board­ing Ken­nels pres­i­dent

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