Legal action puts a halt to animal shelter plans
LEGAL proceedings have brought plans for a new animal shelter to a grinding halt.
A hearing between a group of Craiglie owners and Douglas Shire Council was adjourned until Friday at the Mossman Magistrates Court on Monday.
The court is likely to set dates for mediation and a potential court case between the involved parties tomorrow, a process that could drag on well into 2019.
It comes less than three months after the development application for a new soundshould proof indoor pet retreat was given the all-clear by council.
“The fact that it’s going to be another six months later, at least, because of the courts is just a waste of time and a waste of money,” Paws and Claws president Michael Kerr said.
“We have our AGM and be discussing positive things and not the fact that we’re not going anywhere.
“That’s what’s going to happen because we’re stuck in a stalemate because of this legal action. The whole purpose of this facility is to start saving animals.”
The development, which is estimated to cost between $350,000-$400,000, will be built on the former Lotsa Printing site in the Teamsters Close industrial estate.
The group opposing the refuge are concerned the noise and smell of the facility could devalue their properties.
Mr Kerr believes they haven’t looked at the documents correctly.
He said the new shelter had “technically and scientifically” shown no negative impacts on the business estate.
“It’s going to be a completely enclosed sound proof building. When we open, you won’t even know we’re there,” he said.
“The first step is going to be some sort of mediation.
“I’m not sure what I’m supposed to mediate as we’re already an enclosed soundproof facility.
“We went from having four open runs to three closed runs. There is not going to be any noise and there is not going to be any smell.”
Paws and Claws animal shelter has been closed since 2016 after they were asked to vacate the Captain Cook Highway property. The site is now a BP service station.
They had plans to develop a new home at Yule Point but were denied by the State Government who owned the reserve land. The group’s AGM is tomorrow at the Clink Theatre starting from 6pm.
There is not going to be any noise and there is not going to be any smell
Darrell, Debbie and owner Noel Herbst at the opening of the prawn farm 10km north of Port Douglas