Wiggles, eight months old, is one of many dogs who call the Maryborough Animal Refuge home at the moment.
Wiggles, eight months old, is one of many dogs who call the Maryborough Animal Refuge home at the moment.

Animal refuge to be rebuilt

PLANS for a $2.5 million regional animal refuge at Dundathu have been scrapped by the council in favour of demolishing the Maryborough Animal Refuge and rebuilding it from scratch.

Fraser Coast councillor Les MucKan said $600,000 would be spent rebuilding the kennels, catteries and house – all currently in a state of disrepair – instead of pushing forward with the regional plan.

“The council considered that this plan was a more economically viable option than the regional animal care centre and if coupled with improved facilities in Hervey Bay, would provide a similar level of care for the region’s abandoned animals,” he said.

Maryborough Animal Refuge manager Helene Emery said the 30-year-old refuge was “very much in need” of the facelift and she was looking forward to work starting early in the new year.

“(The council) will be doing it in stages so we can remain open,” she said.

Ms Emery noted that the 60-plus individual animal cages, both boarding and refuge, were all full.

“Hopefully we will be able to be more help to the area with the extra space.”

The original $2.5 million regional plan was a joint initiative of the Maryborough and Hervey Bay city councils who had picked a site at Dundathu.

After amalgamation, the Fraser Coast Regional Council completed about 90 per cent of the plan before recently deciding it was to be scrapped.

Ms Emery said that in light of the work about to start and the festive season upon us, residents should consider very carefully in buying animals as presents.



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