Big boost for lit­tle pup­pies to go on to do great things

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

BLIND or low-vi­sion Vic­to­ri­ans will be able to get used to their new guide dogs at a sen­sory cam­pus to be estab­lished in a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pro- ject. The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day it will give $5 mil­lion to­wards the $23.4 mil­lion Guide Dogs Vic­to­ria’s head­quar­ters rede- vel­op­ment. This will pro­vide the cam­pus with light­ing, scent, hu­man-en­abled tech­nol­ogy, Braille and other tac­tile fea­tures for blind or low-vi­sion peo­ple to learn the ropes with their best friend.

A vet­eri­nary hospi­tal, teach­ing fa­cil­ity, dog­gie day­care, low vi­sion clinic and cafe are part of the ren­o­va­tion works, which are due to be start­ing by the end of the year and wrap­ping up by 2021.

IN TRAIN­ING: Fu­ture Guide Dogs in Mel­bourne; (in­set) Min­ster for Hous­ing, Dis­abil­ity and Age­ing Martin Fo­ley (right) and Guide Dogs Vic­to­ria CEO Karen Hayes. Pic­ture: AAP

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