Clock ticking for shelter

HAPPYPAWS Haven manager Sally Rogers will have to complete a waste management plan before she is able to move the animal shelter out to her new Eatonsville premises.

The animal shelter manager, who currently houses 70 cats and 15 dogs at a residential Grafton property, has been embroiled in an ongoing dispute with her neighbours about the operation for about a year.

She has since purchased a rural block of land at Eatonsville and has been building sheds and structures to house the animals.

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Des Schroder said although Ms Rogers did not need a development application to build sheds in the zone, she had lodged one to run the business.

Mr Schroder said that after receiving complaints from Eatonsville residents concerned animal waste might run into local dams and contaminate the water, council had asked Ms Rogers to lodge a waste development plan as part of her DA.

“We asked for more information and she is completing a waste management plan for us,” he said.

Mr Schroder said council had hoped Ms Rogers would have moved out of her Grafton Breimba Street property by now.

However, he said she was not in breach of any laws by having the animals at the Breimba Street home, rather, there were nuisance issues relating to noise and smell.

The council, however, considered Happy Paws Haven was operating as a business, which required a development application (DA). Ms Rogers had no DA, but it would take two to three months to take her through the court system.

For her part, Ms Rogers said she fully intended to be out at Eatonsville already, but rain had delayed construction of the animal shelters. “We're nearly there,” she said.

She said she was waiting on the result of the study and expected all construction to be finished in two to three weeks.

She emphasised when she moved, she would remove all animals from Breimba Street and sell the property.

“I can't afford two mortgages,” she said. “I'm definitely selling it.”



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