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37 written objections to dog breeding south of Bathurst | western avocado

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ONLY two of the 37 written objections to a dog breeding facility in Fosters Valley are from the Bathurst Regional Council area. A discussion forum on Wednesday evening will take a closer look at the development application filed for 1557 Rockley Road, about 25 kilometers south of Bathurst. Rockley Valley Park Pty Ltd plans to build the $841,000 breeding facility to supply dogs to a Kellyville pet store owned by John Grima. Plans show that the breeding facility would include 15 kennels; a building containing 20 whelping kennels; eight mating kennels; a grooming shed; and a number of dog runs, fenced outdoor areas, and dog socialization areas. The facility would occupy around two hectares of a 100-hectare site on the corner of Rockley Road and Black Mountain Road, close to the koalas’ “feeding trees”. The DA has drawn an angry response from animal welfare groups who have called the breeding facility a “puppy farm,” but most of the written objections seem to come from outside the area. However, two naysayers – Terry Lane and Paul Stapleton – live close to the planned facility and have raised concerns beyond animal welfare issues. In a written submission to council, Mr. Lane raised a number of issues related to effluent runoff from the livestock facility; the noise of the installation and a loss of convenience for the neighbours; the impact of the facility on the lambing of ewes; the possibility of dogs escaping; and risks to local koala populations. “Our observations are that koalas are frequent users of this and surrounding areas and do not limit their climbing to officially recognized ‘habitat’ or ‘feeding’ trees, but may climb trees of any species,” says submission. “We have personally observed them on our property climbing over willows and a variety of evergreens and/or pines.” Mr Lane raised concerns about an acoustic report submitted by the claimant, saying he had failed to consider the impact on the facility’s nearest neighbors, and said other susceptible wildlife, including ring-tailed opossums and sugar gliders, “to say none of the platypus and water rats residing in Davys Creek” – would also be at risk. Mr Stapleton said his family had moved to Fosters Valley to enjoy the “tranquility and serenity” of the area. “What advantages could there be to having over sixty dogs living in close proximity to each other?” asks his submission. “What guarantees do the residents have regarding the safety of their livestock and livelihoods?” Read More – Proposed dog breeding facility near koala feeding trees south of Bathurst – The dog breeding facility will be built as e an ‘example’ for the industry – Breeding facility developer says there is no place for rogue operators – Letter: We must say no to a puppy farm in Fosters Valley

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