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Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick Submits Budget Bid for New Ballarat Animal Sanctuary | The mail

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An upper house MP is backing the City of Ballarat’s plan to attract state government funds to build a new animal sanctuary to serve the wider region. Western Victoria MP Andy Meddick has submitted a budget bid to the state government to fund the proposed $11.5 million project. The council has already reserved land on the northwest corner of the town which can facilitate the project, with funding being sought for the construction of a new shelter. The current shelter, which was once an old slaughterhouse, is beginning to age and is no longer considered suitable. A new shelter would not only be used for lost or abandoned animals, but would also temporarily house animals involved in domestic violence situations or in emergencies, such as when the current shelter took in animals from Hepburn Shire moved by the recent floods. READ MORE: Animal Justice Party member Mr Meddick says the area’s need for a new animal sanctuary is only growing. “They don’t just provide a dumping ground for animals that have been abandoned or all that sort of thing. There’s a really serious aspect to what they’re doing here, related to pets caught up in domestic violence, for example. They provide accommodation for these animals, where they could be subject to a court order or taken in these situations. That’s really important,” he said. “What we’ve noticed during COVID is that is that regional areas, especially centers like Ballarat, are experiencing a huge growth spurt. As they attract more people to the area, that means more domestic animals that come as pets to these areas. So their propensity to go out into unfamiliar territory is also increased. “Having a shelter that actually meets those requirements, not just in the present but in the future, is extremely important. It’s important not only for these animals, but it’s important for the people who own them, because they become equally afflicted.” Mr Meddick said while conversations with state government, treasurer Tim Pallas and local MPs were positive, the government had to strike. a balance in the upcoming budget. OTHER NEWS: “It’s about the rejuvenation of regional territories, for me, at least as a regional deputy. We see so many people moving to these areas, the demand for other types of infrastructure such as hospitals, all kinds of different things that they’re going to need, modernization of road systems, all that kind of stuff to accommodate it,” he said. “There’s an increased demand for housing, not just for the buying houses and land, but also for social housing. There’s a huge demand and all those things are the pressures on animals and shelters. “If we take the step now, if we fund it now, we’ll have a shelter that’s not only fit for the current situation, but moving forward, and that’s what it’s all about, planning ahead.” Mayor of Ballarat, Daniel Moloney, said that while animal management was funded by the council l, many large councils do not have the budget to serve the area their shelters need. “A lot of times projects like this are just seen as municipal projects, but they don’t even fit into our budgets. They’re just too big because they have to serve too big an area,” he said. declared. “We don’t think it’s fair to limit it to residents of the city of Ballarat, it’s something that really serves a much larger area. To achieve that and to get that efficiency, that’s really where we need the support of the state government.” Cr Moloney said animal management was an issue affecting most regional centers in the state. “I think one of the things we would like to see is for the state government to have a program that looks at animal welfare and helps larger councils that serve large areas to provide these types of animal shelters,” he said. “It’s not just something I think Ballarat needs. We know from our discussions with regional towns in Victoria that there are similar situations in Geelong and Bendigo as well. It’s a problem at the moment. statewide that really needs a support program.” If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell Ballarat’s story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.