Animals to get better home at Blacktown

Staff and four-legged friends at Blacktown Animal Holding Facility can look forward to better conditions. A report on the ageing facility was debated last week.

Labor councillors prefer a $2.23 million upgrade of the existing site over the next 10 years.

But Liberal councillor Karlo Siljeg said it would be better to spend $7.68 million building an ‘‘enhanced’’ centre elsewhere, with Eastern Creek, Shanes Park, Glendenning, Schofields, Doonside and Whalan Reserve as proposed alternatives.

‘‘This is our chance to build a top facility,’’ Cr Siljeg said. ‘‘The existing site could cost a lot more money further down the track.’’

Independent Russ Dickens, who has been a vet for 50 years, said: ‘‘I have always supported an upgrade’’.

Cr Edmond Atalla said there were no suitable alternative locations in the report.

‘‘The Liberal councillors see this as another commercial development opportunity,’’ he said.

The council will now engage a consultant to develop a master plan for the existing site.

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