Sod turns for new $1.8m pound facility
BEING in the dog house will soon take on a whole new meaning for the region's lost or straying animals.
Bundaberg Regional Council today joined with local contractors Murchie Constructions to turn the sod at the site of the new Qunaba Animal Management Facility.
Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Peter Heuser said the new Qunaba Animal Management Facility would almost double Council's current pound capacity.
"The new facility will include 30 dog kennels, which is a significant increase from our current capacity of 18 kennels,” Cr Heuser said.
"It will also cater to cats, livestock and animals with litters. It has also been designed in such a way that extensions can be made as required to ensure this facility can continue to meet our community's animal management needs well in to the future.
"This up-to-date facility will replace Council's existing aged and inefficient pound on University Drive which is no longer equipped to meet the region's animal management requirements.”
Cr Heuser said the construction contract had been awarded to local company Murchie Constructions following a formal tender process.
"This project is worth about $1.5 million for Murchie Constructions which is a fantastic outcome for the local industry.
"With these funds being retained within the region it will provide positive flow-on effects for our community.”
Divisional representative Cr Scott Rowleson said the new facility would be located on an unused portion of land within the Qunaba Waste Management Facility on Potters Road.
"The Qunaba Animal Management Facility will feature greater security and safety and minimise health risks for both animals and staff.
"The facility will also be largely self-sustainable incorporating solar power and the reuse of rainwater and wastewater.”
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the Queensland Government was proud to support the new animal management facility through a $720,000 grant which would cover 40 per cent of the construction cost.
"Animal welfare is important and that is why the Palaszczuk Government was proud to support the construction of this new state of the art facility in Bundaberg,” Ms Donaldson said.
"It is important regional centres like Bundaberg have the best facilities possible for the care and treatment of our local animals.”
The full amount for the project, inclusive of water service connection, design work and project management, brings the total project value to $1.8 million.
The project is expected to be completed by December 2016, weather permitting.