‘We don’t want Tweed pound here’
TWEED residents are barking mad at a council proposal to build an animal pound on a nearby block of land.
Homeowners at Eviron, 23 minutes southwest of Coolangatta, say their peaceful lifestyle will be drowned by the constant sound of barking dogs echoing through the valley.
Gail Brancato lives about 400m from where the pound will be built.
"Can you imagine hearing dogs barking all the time?" she said.
"We didn't buy here to have the property next door our place turned into a pound."
The Tweed Shire Council last week voted to rezone the property at 719 Eviron Rd so a pound could be built there.
The council has been buying land around the area for more than two decades as part of its plan to expand its current dump before it reached capacity.
As part of that plan, the pound at the Stotts Creek tip would be relocated over the hill on to Eviron Rd, opening up more room for the dump expansion.
Councillor Chris Cherry was the only councillor to vote against the rezoning, stating she wanted more time to look into the impact the pound would have on neighbours.
Council general manager Troy Green said the council did not have time to stall the project.
"We have to rehouse the existing pound (at Stotts Creek) within the next year," he said.
"Given the trying China policy, we have a master plan for our waste site and where the pound is we have to move it."
Neighbour Vinnie Palmer said the pound was in the right spot now.
"I am not keen on it, it is in a good spot where it is next to the tip," he said.