New Municipal Animal Pound Now Operational

Published on 11 October 2017

Baw Baw Shire Council will today relocate all animals to the new Municipal Animal Pound in Longwarry North, permanently closing the former Galloway Street facility.

The facility commences operation as the new Municipal Animal Pound today following the completion of Stage One retrofit works including:

  • Compliance works on existing dog enclosures.
  • Construction of 18 new cat enclosures.
  • Construction of a cat adoption area.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci was pleased to see the new future-proofed facility ready for operation.

“It’s been a long road for Council and our community to get to this stage and we are pleased to see a positive outcome for the animals in our care”, said the Mayor.

“Getting the animals into the new facility has always been a priority for Council and the community, and with Stage One works complete, today we see this become a reality.

“Baw Baw Shire now has a new fit-for-purpose Municipal Animal Pound which will effectively cater for the municipality’s growing animal management needs now and into the future.”

Stage Two works will see further expansion and enhancements to ensure the facility meets the Shire’s needs as it grows into the future. These additional works will include:

  • Installation of 22 new dog enclosures.
  • Construction of a new dog isolation area.
  • Installation of four new cat isolation enclosures.
  • Construction of a new dog exercise yard and security enhancements.
  • A solar power system.

“Our Shire is growing rapidly, which is fantastic, but it means we’ve got to be ready to meet the challenges that come with that growth. These additional works will give us the capacity to do just that”, said the Mayor.

It is anticipated that Stage Two works will be completed by December 2017, following an open tender process, at an estimated cost of $230,000.

Baw Baw Shire Councillor Peter Kostos patting white dog in cage at the new Municipal Animal Pound

Image: Baw Baw Shire Councillor Peter Kostos with Marley at the new Municipal Animal Pound.