Bob McGowan, of Halfway Creek, with some of the correspondence he’s had in objecting to a nearby guard dog training centre proposed for the area.
Bob McGowan, of Halfway Creek, with some of the correspondence he’s had in objecting to a nearby guard dog training centre proposed for the area. Adam Hourigan

Training kennel strikes opposition

THE prospect of a guard dog training kennel operating in their midst has raised the hackles of residents living along Parker Road, near Halfway Creek.

Since they became aware of the plans of Andrew Richardson and his partner Charmain Deckelmann to set up a business described as a security dog training breeding and training kennel and boarding kennel at 227 Parker Road, the residents have waged a campaign to stop it.

But their efforts to convince Clarence Valley Council that it was not a good idea appeared to fail in December when council approved the development application.

The residents have called on the NSW Member for Clarence, Steve Cansdell, for help and he has agreed to meet with them soon to discuss their problems.

The Parker Road residents involved have asked one of their number, Bob McGowan, to represent them and over the past few months he has waged a tireless campaign contacting council, police and government agencies.

Mr McGowan was particularly unhappy with the council decision to allow the development in the absence of any evidence of security guard dog training qualifications or registration.

“Under the act with the council he’s not allowed to do anything until he has certificates to have these dogs. Before they can issue any certificates for commencement of work he has to produce: security licence, security dog training licence, registration of business licence, signage has to be erected because of the savage nature of these dogs. None of this has been produced,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr Richardson said he has done everything he can to allay residents fears about his proposed business.

“The council approved the development application and answered every objection, saying they were not valid objections,” he said.

He said he has 20 years experience training security dogs and has been training them professionally for the past six years.

He said rumours he planned a future development of 90 kennels were exaggerated.

“In two or three years time I might look at a second stage of 20 to 30 kennels, but that would have to be subject to a new DA,” he said.

“Running 90 kennels or 180 dogs would be too much work.”

Mr Cansdell said he is looking forward to meeting with the residents to discuss their problems.

“It seems council is not willing to consider neighbourhood amenity when making its decisions,” he said.



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