Full Steam Ahead For Animal Management Facility Upgrade
Work has begun on upgrading the Animal Management Facility on Richardson Road, with an excavator clearing part of the site on Tuesday, May 28, in preparation for the construction of a new administration building.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch and Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick visited the facility on Tuesday to view the beginning of the work.
Along with the new administration building, the project will include new and upgraded holding areas for all animals, installation of new covered holding areas for small animals, a clinic room, fencing and shade structures, and the construction of sealed driveways and parking areas.
There will also be two fenced areas at the back of the facility for larger animals such as horses.
The administration building has a budget of $400,000, with an additional $400,000 budgeted for the holding facilities for a total project value of circa $800,000. These works are completely funded by the State Government’s Works For Queensland program.
Cr McCulloch said Council was very excited to soon have a modern Animal Management Facility that will be a one-stop shop and the location for Council’s Local Laws administration staff members, rangers and biosecurity officers – up to 18 in total.
“Council are very thrilled to see that the upgrade work on the facility has started,” Cr McCulloch said.
“It’s a vision of bringing animal management in Mount Isa into the 21st Century that’s coming to fruition.
“Once this project’s complete, it will be a huge improvement to what was there, and it will also have capacity for expansion in the future, if need be.”
Once work to clear the front of the Richardson Road facility is complete, a concrete foundation slab will be poured for the new administration building.
The facility will also receive new signage once the project is complete, with an expected completion in late September this year.