Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Plan for New Kennel Goes before Council; Performing Police Dogs Could Be Region's Next Tourist Attraction

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Plan for New Kennel Goes before Council; Performing Police Dogs Could Be Region's Next Tourist Attraction

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Byline: SHANNON NEWLEY

PERFORMING police dogs could be the latest tourist attraction on the Granite Belt after an application to run a kennel with daily shows for the public went before council this week.

When the application for 335 Church Road at The Summit went before the Planning and Environment Committee meeting at council on Tuesday, there was some confusion over exactly what was being proposed.

Further confusion ensued when Cr Denise Ingram brought up the fact she had seen two advertisements in the Stanthorpe Border Post asking for dog show helpers, animal handlers and customer service casuals.

The applicant not only applied to house the dogs Co less than nine at a time Co but to breed and train german shepherds for law enforcement, with sessions open to audiences.

The two-part application was described as C[pounds sterling]unusualC[yen] because of the combination of breeding and tourist entertainment.

The business proposed public viewings up to three times a day, seven days a week.

Councillors did not feel the application detailed enough about the potential dog shows despite being confident about the applicant's professionalism.

They also questioned the state of the existing building on the site proposed for the kennels.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Ron Bellingham said while he was happy for the operation to go ahead, he didn't think the current building was appropriate.

C[pounds sterling]Their ambitions are admirable and that's fine but we really don't need this derelict building as a part of our tourist industry,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Is there a condition about the appearance, is there power to say these buildings need to be re-sheeted minimum.C[yen]

Cr Neil Meiklejohn said he was happy with the inside of the building but the outside needed work. …

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