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Longer hours, no appointments in pound revamp Steve Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au IN what seems like a win for animal rights devotees, Mornington Peninsula shire will open the animal shelter and pound for extended hours on Saturdays and Sundays – without requiring those wanting to visit to adopt a pet to make an appointment beforehand. Previously the pound, at 130 Watt Road, Mornington, was only open without an appointment 10am-1pm Saturdays as part of a six-month trial. The limited times rankled some prospective adopters who felt the shire’s “red tape” regulations were making the process too restrictive. Also, under previous arrangements, those intending to visit had to apply online, await an official confirmation, and fill out paperwork before receiving an appointment time. This inflexible attitude and rigid approach was labelled “unfriendly” by the Victorian Dog Rescue Association of Victoria. Its president Trisha Taylor wrote to former Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO Carl Cowie complaining the pound had “developed a reputation as one of the least animal friendly in rescue”. (“Pound unfriendly to strays – animal rescuers claim” The News 25/6/18). After the rethink, the shire says it has “established new opening hours and removed the need for appointments at the pound to better accommodate the needs of local residents

and pet owners”. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said the shire was committed to providing the best possible care for pets when they are lost or abandoned. “After trialling Saturday morning drop-in sessions we were extremely pleased with its success and heard great feedback from local pet owners,” he said. “The new hours and removal of the appointment system aim to improve the adoption rates for the shelter and provide more accessibility for residents wanting to be reunited with their lost pets. “We encourage the community who are interested in adopting a pet to be a part of their family to visit our friendly staff at the shelter to learn more about responsible pet ownership and the next steps.” The pound is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday) without an appointment. There is no change to the phone operating hours. Those with lost pets can call 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000 from 8.30am-5pm seven days a week to arrange collection.

Those wanting to adopt a pet are advised to visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/pets to view pets available for adoption and learn more about the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.

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Pets await homes: Male greyhound Bow has a gentle nature and loves walks, chasing balls and car rides. He is a big boy so he does need room to move and would be best suited to large house with older children. Jax (top left) is a male domestic short hair cat, aged 2, with a confident personality. He has lived with dogs, cats and children

who were able to handle him without any issues. Male domestic short hair cat Mr Magoo (left) has been a gentleman since being surrendered to the shelter. His previous owner said he was affectionate and cuddly. He previously shared a house with a boisterous staffy and they had an affectionate bond.

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Mount Martha Skate Park Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeking feedback from residents about the future of a proposed skate park in Mount Martha. In 2012, Mount Martha Parade Ground was selected as the most suitable site due to its proximity to the town centre, ease of access and good passive surveillance. If this site is utilised, the project cannot proceed until the end of 2022 due to an existing lease at the Ground. The Shire is keen to hear ideas from the community and discuss options to help shape the future of this important recreation opportunity for Mount Martha. This is a first round consultation. Community members will have additional opportunities to provide their feedback as the project progresses.

For more information mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

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Have your say Community consultation is currently open and closes 5pm 28 September 2018. Online mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay In person Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville. Email with the subject line ‘Mount Martha Skate Park’ to haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au In writing Attention: Sport and Recreation Team Re: Mount Martha Skate Park Mornington Peninsula Shire Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

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